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TransLink rolls out plan for third Commercial-Broadway platform SkyTrain. Public will be consulted on final design before ground is broken Emily Jackson

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Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station is on its way to getting a third platform to ease congestion for the hordes of commuters who visit the hub daily. TransLink issued a request for proposals (RFP) last week for detailed design and construction engineering of a new platform on the east side of the south Commercial-Broadway station, Metro Vancouver’s busiest, with 150,000 weekday users. It hopes to start construction by 2014 and complete the work by 2016 — in time for the opening of the Evergreen Line. Even if riders would rather see money spent on B-Line buses, TransLink must use $124 million in federal and provincial funding dedicated to upgrading seven Expo Line stations before it expires in 2016, according to TransLink’s

2013 base plan. TransLink will cover an additional $29 million in costs for all seven stations, SkyTrain spokeswoman Jennifer Siddon said on Thursday. The upgrade “will require acquisition of the west portion” of Safeway, part of which will be demolished to make way for the platform, the RFP says. It also calls for an environmental assessment before part of Safeway is torn down, since the old building is “strongly expected” to contain asbestos. Preliminary conversations with Safeway and other groups have just started and the RFP requirements aren’t set in stone, Siddon said. “We are in discussions with Safeway about how we can minimize the impacts of this design,” she said. “There’s a lot of work that has to go in, even before any ground is broken.” Regardless of what the final design looks like — the public and other stakeholders will be consulted — the station will be upgraded, Siddon said. Plans include a footbridge connecting the new platform to the north station and a widened bridge over the Grandview Cut. Phase 1 of upgrades to the station was completed in 2009.

Commercial-Broadway, the busiest SkyTrain station in Metro Vancouver, is set to get a new platform by 2016. JENNIFER GAUTHIER/for metro

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Study sounds alarm on B.C. water use Effects of fracking. In Fort Nelson, ground water is becoming contaminated and local water levels are dropping: Study LUKE SIMCOE

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The province’s thirst for natural gas may be threatening our water supply, according to a new study out of the University of Victoria. The report, a collaboration between UVic’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, was re-

leased Thursday. “Population growth, climate change, and increased water-intensive industrial activity are pushing the limits of secured access to water and energy across the province,” wrote author Ben Parfitt in an accompanying press release. “Our report is sounding an alarm for policymakers that we need much better governance and integrated management of these public resources.” Jesse Baltutis, a POLIS researcher and co-author of the study, says the province is not doing enough to track how water is being used. For example, of the 31 water licences held by pulp-andpaper companies, only one

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“We’re using water at a rate that’s not sustainable or responsible.” Jesse Baltutis, a POLIS researcher and co-author of the water-supply study.

requires metering. “There needs to be a better measuring regime in the province to be able to tell the story of how much water is being used and where it’s being used,” Baltutis said. One of the largest industrial consumers of water in B.C. is the natural-gas industry. Using a process known as fracking, mining companies inject massive amounts of water into rock veins in order to release natural gas.

According to the POLIS report, a single fracking operation can consume 1.5 million cubic metres — about 600 Olympic swimming pools worth — of water. “The problem is that once this water is taken out of the natural environment, it’s effectively removed from the hydrological cycle. It’s very contaminated and can’t be released back into the environment without significant treatment,” said Baltutis.

It’s more cost-effective for the City of Richmond to keep the RCMP rather than use other policing services it may be considering, says a report by the force. Insp. Ted De Jager said the report, which was prepared by E Division, B.C.’s RCMP headquarters, was in response to Richmond studying other options in a bid to save money. “As a measure of efficiency, Richmond detachment currently deploys fewer officers per 100,000 citizens than independent municipal police forces, averaging 14 per cent below the RCMP average and 30 per cent below the independent municipal groups,” the report says. De Jager said Thursday the Mounties have serviced the city south of Vancouver for more than 50 years and currently have 229 members, 18 of whom report to integrated teams. He said the cost per member is about $146,000, and added that figures contained in other reports being considered by Richmond are incorrect because they are based on costs billed to the city for all the officers. “If that amount is wrong from the outset, then that’s going to drive all the other numbers out of balance and that’s really what’s happened here. We have the actual numbers of how much policing costs the City of Richmond and they report it regularly to their mayor and council in their annual reports.” THE CANADIAN PRESS

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B.C.’s cup runneth over, but not with homegrown spirits Hopscotch. Premier whisky-and-beer fest hitting Van this weekend MATT kieltyka

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The province’s premier whiskyand-beer festival is in Vancouver this weekend, but 3,000 curious connoisseurs may find the local-spirit selection lacking. British Columbia’s seven artisanal distilleries and the NDP Opposition have been pleading all year for the government to reform its liquor rules to give them the same support local wineries enjoy. The 16th annual Hopscotch festival at the PNE forum this weekend provides a pretty stark picture of what the maturing industry is up against on the consumer stage. There will be literally hundreds of fine spirits and craft beers available to taste from all over the world, but none of the province’s up-and-coming distilleries will be there to raise a glass. That’s a shame, according to festival president Adam Bloch.

Adam Bloch, president of the annual Hopscotch festival, at the PNE on Thursday. JENNIFER GAUTHIER/for METRO

“With the way the laws are, no one is putting up distilleries in the province to get rich,” he said. “It’s just not that kind of game. The local distilleries are great, they’re operated purely

on passion.” Despite garnering some international attention through awards, the seven B.C. distilleries represent less than a fifth of one per cent of the province’s

spirits market. The Artisan Distillers Guild is now looking for a boost from the government. In line with the perks wineries receive, the guild is lobbying

the provincial government to lower markup on their products from 170 per cent to 129, to give distilleries the ability to distribute directly to restaurants and to allow them to keep

revenues from on-site sales. That would at least let them get their gins, vodkas, whiskies and other spirits out in the public domain and establish a foothold, they argue. The Opposition NDP agrees. “The success of the B.C. wine industry makes (reform for distilleries) a very desirable goal,” said Adrian Dix, the NDP’s leader. “The changes we’re proposing would have a big impact and makes the business affordable.” Minister Rich Coleman was not available for comment Thursday, but a spokesperson wrote the province is looking at further changes with a goal “to help build a made-in-B.C. craftdistillery industry that has advantages similar to B.C.’s wine industry.” That gives Bloch hope local spirits could soon have a bigger presence at festivals, restaurants and liquor stores. “I really hope the distilleries and government can work together to enhance the situation,” said Bloch. “A strong local scene brings notoriety. Look how craft beer has taken off, every single restaurant has at least one tap devoted to local beer. Maybe that can be spirits in 10 years.”

Learn to walk before you Culture Crawl The Eastside Culture Crawl has been igniting imaginations since a few artists decided to open their studios to the public in 1997. It’s one of Vancouver’s most venerable institutions, with 15,000 expected to attend this weekend. But not everyone knows how to plot their way through the three-day festival, which invites art lovers to interact with more than 300 artists in their natural habitats. Executive director Jeffrey

Boone offered these tips for the uninitiated: “Plan to bike or walk or take public transport, because obviously the area becomes very crowded and parking is always a challenge,” he said. “Pick up a map somewhere, in the first studio you go to, or download a map from our website. Then pick a route.” To get the most social experience, Boone recommends visiting one of the three biggest buildings in

the catchment area, which runs from Main Street to Victoria Drive and First Avenue to the waterfront. They are: 1000 Parker St., which serves as a workspace for 145 artists; the Mergatroid Building at 975 Vernon St., which houses 56; and the ARC (Artist Resource Centre) at 1701 Powell St. While the majority of Culture Crawl artists produce paintings, mixed media and drawings, there are also a smaller number who are

sculptors, jewellers, furniture makers, potters and glassblowers. Guests can simply browse, or shop for treasures to their hearts’ content. Boone said some of the artists make more than half of their annual income in one weekend. The Eastside Culture Crawl is free to attend and runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For info visit eastsideculturecrawl.com. Kate Webb/Metro

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Students at UBC fall under the spell of Quidditch UBC Quidditch Captain Zachary van Zanten, second from left, is wrestled to the ground during a team practice. contributed

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Their brooms may not be Nimbus 2000s or help them fly, but a group of University of B.C. students hopes that a game once strictly for wizards will sweep the West Coast. Muggle (refers to a nonmagical person) Quidditch began in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont, but it made its way into B.C. two years ago. A few first-year students at UBC got together and decided to create the UBC Quidditch Club, adapting the magical sport originally played by characters in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books as a local earthbound sport. Zack van Zanten, the club’s president, says don’t let the odd sight of people running around in a field with brooms between their legs fool you. “I initially joined because I was interested in the sport,” he says. “Once I started playing, I realized that it was a lot more than a game that Harry Potter fans play. It’s a very competitive and physical sport

that is pretty fun to play.” The members of the UBC Quidditch Club started off using sticks they found in the forest as brooms and had no idea how to play their newfound sport, but they eventually got the hang of it and

purchased new brooms from Canadian Tire. The game has become so large it has its own governing body — a non-profit called the International Quidditch Association (IQA) that has organized events such as the Quid-

Muggle Quidditch

How the game works Each team consists of three chasers, two beaters, a keeper and a seeker. The keeper is the goal protector who stays near the team’s three hoops and prevents the opposing team’s chasers from scoring. The beaters attempt to block the bludgers (dodge balls) from hitting their team’s chasers and attack the other team’s players with bludgers to temporarily knock them out of play. The chasers are the goal scorers. They pass around the quaffle (volleyball) and score

10 points each time they put it through one of the other team’s three posts. The seeker’s job is to get the snitch sock from the snitch runner. In Harry Potter’s universe, the snitch is a magical golden sphere that flies around the field. But in Muggle Quidditch, it’s a person dressed in all yellow with a tennis ball in a sock tucked into his or her back pocket. Once the snitch is caught, the match is over. The human snitch has time to run free around the campus at the start of the game, and must come back to the field after a predetermined period has passed. Phylicia Torrevillas/Metro

ditch World Cup. The IQA has a rule book and members from all over the world. Harvard, Yale and New York University all have quidditch teams. The UBC Quidditch Club has more than 50 members, van Zanten says, including the team’s 20 players. University of Victoria boasts the only other B.C. quidditch team. “In Canada, it’s definitely growing,” van Zanten says. “It’s a lot bigger in the East Coast right now.... There’s the University of Ottawa and McGill University. The West Coast is definitely a little slower to pick this up, but we’re trying to bring it over here. “For people to really open up to it, it’ll probably have to step away from the Harry Potter thing a little bit just because no one will really regard it as a serious sport,” he adds. The team is making its way up the ladder, beating four teams (one Canadian and three U.S. schools) Saturday in Bellingham. “Our goal is to be able to compete in the western regionals in San Francisco in February 2013,” van Zanten says.

For David Danos, flying off to England last summer as part of the Canadian national quidditch team was pure Olympic magic. The second-year UBC arts student heard about the Olympic Quidditch Expo, an exhibition match held as the Olympic torch passed through Oxford, where national teams from the U.K., U.S., France and Australia were set to compete. Danos wondered why there wasn’t a Canadian team and helped his friend from the University of Victoria, who was trying to put together a Canadian squad, make it happen. “It was only until the last minute when my family had put together some funds for me to go,” he says. Danos, who ended up playing as a beater at the tournament, joined three other West Coast students and several from University of Ottawa, Carleton, Queen’s and McGill. “We arrived in London and went to Oxford the day before the game,” Danos says. “We got up the next morning and met most of my teammates that day and we didn’t get a chance to practise.” Despite that, the team won against Australia and the U.K. in their first two matches. But

playing three more straight games, combined with fatigue and injuries, destroyed their momentum. Even though they finished fourth, it was invaluable experience for the 19-year-old. Some people may see what they’re doing as goofy, but Danos says players can get bruised up, sometimes even bloody. Broken bones are very common, he adds, while others suffer from heatstroke or get elbowed in the teeth. “You hear athletes and they’re like, ‘Oh man I got injured, I can’t be playing for a while,’ but if you hear quidditch players they’ll say, ‘I got injured. Yeah, look at this I’m all gashed up and bloody.’ We consider them war wounds,” Danos says. Despite being battered and bruised, he considers quidditch his stress reliever. “When we have bad weeks and we go to quidditch, it’s an instant relief and energy boost,” he says. The diehard Harry Potter fan adds it “has all the great aspects of a team sport with a bit of goofiness.” “But when we need to be or want to be, we can be hardcore,” he says. Phylicia Torrevillas/Metro

UBC student David Danos plays at the Olympic Quidditch Expo held in Oxford, England last summer. contributed David Dano’s tips on running with a broom • It may seem awkward,

especially for boys, to run with the broomstick, but in reality, it is actually feasible and normal after a while.

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broomstick, really all you need to do is try. We joke that we are now more comfortable running with a broom than without.

• When dismounting and

running regularly, it is almost the sensation that you get after a nice session on a trampoline; you feel as if there is something missing. • The only part of running

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The province is trying to build more stability and security into the lives of foster children at risk of suicide by limiting the number of times a young person in care is moved. Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux says a new policy means children will not be moved more than three times in a calendar year. The Canadian Press

Justice Minister Shirley Bond is studying a report by B.C.’s privacy commissioner that says Victoria police should be erasing data they gather during licence-plate scans instead of handing it over to the RCMP, because that violates law-abiding citizens’ privacy. Bond said she thinks the issues of privacy and safety can be mediated. The Canadian Press

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Annual Christmas Market jingles back to town German tradition. Organizers expect 160,000 visitors from all ethnic backgrounds phylicia Torrevillas

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Christmas will soon be upon us, so get ready to grab a bratwurst and mug of hot spiced wine for those chilly winter nights. The only outdoor Christmas market in Vancouver is set to welcome visitors next Saturday and, for the first time, people can enjoy a true German classic — schnitzel. “I guess everybody associates German food with schnitzel, and we finally have it,” Malte Kluetz, Vancouver Christmas Market president, said on Thursday. The city’s only Christmas carousel is also back, for the “young and young at heart,” he said. Last year, 130,000 people visited the temporary market, and Kluetz is expecting 160,000 people this year. “It spreads out

Crews set up the Vancouver Christmas Market’s carousel on Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. The market opens on Nov. 24. PHYLICIA TORREVILLAS/METRO

through all the communities and ethnic backgrounds,” he said. “We were really positively surprised that we did not only capture people with European background, but also with an Asian background. They were actually some of the most enthusiastic visitors to the market.” The Vancouver Christmas

Market at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza features 45 vendors offering traditional German delicacies such as bratwurst, suckling pig and — of course — a selection of German beers. There will also be Polish pottery, German beer steins, wooden toys and handmade ornaments for those shopping for Christmas presents.

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Fire. Daughter of victim tells inquest more needs to be done for mentally ill The daughter of a B.C. woman killed in an arson two years ago says more services are needed to help mentally ill people and their families, particularly in the evenings and weekends. A coroner’s inquest is examining what happened when 59-year-old Colette Salemink died in a fire set by her son, who was later found not responsible because of schizoaffective disorder. Salemink’s daughter, Plastic-paved road

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Erica, told the inquest there aren’t enough resources available to people whose family members have mental illness, particularly outside of business hours. Erica Salemink says there are few options other than asking the police to take a mentally ill person to the hospital, and that left her mother without meaningful help in the final weekend before the fire. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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‘Celebrating the end of the world in a different way’ Plenty of time left. A local astronomer says the Earth still has plenty of time before the sun boils it up Kate Webb

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A long time ago, on a server not so far away, some conspiracy theorists started an Internet hoax that a planet called Nibiru was headed toward Earth, and that this was what the Mayans had figured out when they ended their longcount calendar. “Conspiracy believers believe it’s happening on Dec. 21, but at the Space Centre we’re kind of celebrating the end of the world in a different way,� says astronomer Raminder Samra, who is giving a talk about the end of the universe at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre this Saturday. The wacked-out theory has given experts a chance to dis-

This is one of four historic Mayan manuscripts that still exist in the world and that suggests modern civilization will come to an end on Dec. 21. It currently sits at the Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany. Astronomer Raminder Samra says the earth still has two billion years before it comes to an end. Getty Images

cuss the real end of the world — the point at which the sun will expand into a burning “red giant,� swallowing Mercury and Venus whole and heating Earth to uninhabitable temperatures. Samra says that will happen in about two billion years, leaving plenty of time for the fruits

of your loin’s fruits to escape in a pimped-out robot space pod. The story gets even more interesting after that, he adds, when questions are raised about the fate of the universe. “It’s going to expand so much that everything will be so far away from each other that you won’t see any more

galaxies in the night sky,� the UBC graduate explains. “The universe will become a very cold, dark place.� Samra says he feels just fine about it. “The time scales are kind of mind-boggling. It’s going to be trillions of years or quadrillions of years.�

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Brazen attacks on Tel Aviv may trigger ground invasion of Gaza Heaviest fighting in four years. Daily life at a standstill on both sides of the border Palestinian militants targeted densely-populated Tel Aviv in Israel’s heartland with rockets for the first time Thursday, part of an unprecedented barrage that threatened to provoke an Israeli ground assault on Gaza. Three Israelis were killed. Air raid sirens wailed and panicked residents ran for cover in Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial and cultural capital. Israel responded by moving troops and heavy weapons toward Gaza and authorizing the call-up of tens of thousands of reservists. There was no word on where the two rockets aimed at Tel Aviv landed, raising the possibility they fell into the Mediterranean. A third rocket landed in an open area on the southern outskirts of Tel Aviv. Those attacks came after Israel launched a ferocious air assault

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• Egypt’s Islamist president

A woman photographs Israeli soldiers by an armoured personnel carrier close to the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel on Thursday. Israel’s prime minister says the army is prepared for a “significant widening” of its operation in the Gaza Strip. Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters Israel has “made it clear” it won’t tolerate continued rocket fire on its civilians. Ariel Schalit/the associated press

Wednesday to stop repeated rocket fire from Gaza. The powerful Hamas military chief was killed in that strike, and another 18 Palestinians have died over two days, including five children.

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itary chief. Hamas, meanwhile, warned it would strike deeper inside Israel with Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets, acknowledging for the first time it has longer-range weapons. tHE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mohammed Morsi, whose party is an ally of Gaza’s Hamas rulers, recalled Egypt’s ambassador to Israel in protest and on Thursday ordered his prime minister to head to the tiny Palestinian territory in solidarity.

• Iran is another close ally of Hamas rulers. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as calling the Israeli bombardment of Gaza “organized terrorism.”

Forget the embargo: French say it’s time to arm Syrian rebels France raised the possibility Thursday of sending “defensive weapons” to Syria’s rebels, but Russia warned that such a move would violate international law. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country will ask the European Union to consider lifting the Syrian arms embargo, which prevents weapons from being sent to either side. “We must not militarize the conflict ... but it’s obviously unacceptable that there are liberated zones and they’re bombed” by President Bashar Assad’s regime, Fabius said in an interview with RTL radio.

“We have to find a good balance.” The civil war in Syria, which began as an uprising against Assad’s regime, has killed more than 36,000 Syrians since March 2011, according to anti-government activists. The fighting and flood of refugees seeking safety have also spilled over into several of Syria’s neighbours, including Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. The fighting has descended into a bloody stalemate, and rebels say they desperately need weapons to turn the tide. “The question of defensive arms will be raised,” Fabius

said, without providing details about what such arms would be. “This cannot be done without co-ordination between Europeans.” The topic of Syria is sure to be on the agenda at the EU foreign ministers meeting Monday in Brussels. France has taken a leading role among western countries in supporting Syria’s rebels. On Tuesday, it became the first western nation to formally recognize Syria’s newly-formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. tHE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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papers by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that featured a photo of renowned evangelist Billy Graham urging Americans to vote along biblical principles. Graham met in October with Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney and pledged to do “all I can” to help him. the associated press York state on Nov. 3. Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy says child endangerment is among the potential charges. Police Chief Kevin Judd says photos were given to his department capturing the party. At least one image shows a scantily clad woman clinging upside down to a seated teen. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama won re-election last week because of the “gifts” Obama had provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters and because of his effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant. “The president’s campaign ... focused on giving targeted Press secretary

Top Republicans said the party lost the election because their presidential candidate Mitt Romney, seen delivering his concession speech at his election night rally, did not respond to criticism strongly enough or outline a specific agenda with a broad appeal. Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press

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groups a big gift,” Romney said in a phone call with top donors Wednesday. He cited immigration proposals aimed at Hispanics and free contraception coverage that appealed to young women. “He made a big effort on small things.” Romney said his campaign, in contrast, had been about “big issues for the whole country.” White House press secretary Jay Carney disputed Romney’s assessment Thursday, telling reporters travelling with Obama aboard Air Force One that policies allowing more young people to go to college or stay on their parents’ health plans are good for all Americans and the economy as a whole. Romney also didn’t acknowledge any major missteps and said his team had run a superb campaign. By contrast, many Republicans are questioning their strategy after Obama’s strong win, with some saying they must reach out to Hispanics and others as their core demographic, aging white males, shrinks. The Associated Press

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Number of doctors at all-time high What’s up? Docs. Proportion of physicians rapidly outpacing country’s population growth A new report says that over the last five years, the number of doctors in Canada has increased at a rate three times faster than that of the population. The Canadian Institute for Health Information says there were more than 72,500 physicians in 2011, a rise of 14 per cent since 2007.

The Canadian population grew 4.7 per cent over the same time period. Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec had the highest physician-topopulation ratios, while Saskatchewan and P.E.I. had the lowest. In 2011, 51 per cent of Canada’s doctors practised family medicine, while 49 per cent were medical and surgical specialists. The report also found that more doctors are practising in rural Canada compared to five years earlier, including 15 per cent of the country’s general practitioners. The Canadian Press

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The inviolable right to life Hanna Graham joins a candle-lit vigil protest outside Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland on Thursday for Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old Indian woman who was 17-weeks pregnant when she died of blood poisoning after suffering a miscarriage in Galway, Ireland, on Oct. 28. Halappanavar’s father, Andanappa Yalagi, said the combination of medical negligence and Irish abortion laws led to his daughter’s death. Peter Morrisont/The Associated Press

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Nazi victims to get more funding Germany remains committed. Holocaust survivors will get an increase in their compensation for Nazi war crimes Sixty years after a landmark accord started German government compensation for victims of Nazi crimes, fund administrators and German officials say payments to Holocaust survivors are needed more than ever as they enter their final years. Most Holocaust survivors experienced extreme trauma as children, suffered serious malnutrition, and lost almost all of their relatives — leaving them today with severe psychological and medical problems, and little or no family support network to help them cope. In acknowledgement of that, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble signed off officially Thursday on revisions to the original 1952 compensation treaty, increasing pensions for those living in eastern Europe and broadening who is eligible for payments. Contributions to home care for survivors already have been increased. “Survivors are passing away on a daily basis but the other side is that individual survivors are needing more help than ever,’’ the Chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Julius Berman, told The Associated Press ahead of the ceremony. “While a person came out

The Chairman of the Jewish Claims Conference Julius Berman walks through the Holocaust Memorial, in Berlin, on Thursday. German officials say payments to Holocaust survivors are needed more than ever. Markus Schreiber/the associated press

of the camps very young and eventually developed a life of their own over the years, the impact of what happened at the beginning is now coming to the fore. Whether it’s mentally or physically, they’re sicker than their peers of the same age.’’ Holocaust survivor Roman Kent said his experience is something that he will never be able to forget. “Just witnessing the atrocities committed at the gate entering Auschwitz-Birkenau is more than enough to keep me awake at night until the end of time,’’ he said. But he stressed that he does not hold current generations of Germans responsible for the past, saying they are

Swedish officials caught in brawl. Newspaper releases footage of fight A Swedish far-right party that is seeking to tone down its xenophobic image has been roiled by a video showing senior party members using racist and sexist expletives in a late-night brawl. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats entered Parliament in 2010 and have surged in recent polls after attempts to move into the political mainstream. The footage, filmed in 2010 but released by newspaper Expressen this week,

showed Erik Almqvist and Kent Ekeroth, the party’s spokesmen on economic and justice affairs, scuffling with a drunken man in Stockholm. At one point they picked up metal bars from a construction site, but dropped them when they heard police sirens. Almqvist was dismissed from his position Wednesday, while Ekeroth announced Thursday he would take a “time out’’ from politics. the associated press

actually today united in purpose with Holocaust survivors. “Both of us do not want our past to be our children’s future,’’ he said. Compensation has been ever evolving since the 1952 agreement, with annual negotiations between the Claims Conference and the German government on who should receive funds and how much will be paid. Still, even 67 years after the end of World War II, there is much to set right, said Stuart Eizenstat, the former U.S. ambassador to the European Union who serves as the Claims Conference’s special negotiator.

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Germany has paid $89 billion in compensation since 1952 for Nazi crimes. • Germany has already increased home care for Holocaust survivors by 15 per cent. • 80,000 Jews who resettled in former Soviet Union will recieve one-time payments of $3,253 US. • There are still around 500,000 Holocaust survivors living worldwide.

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Controversial author. Boycotted at one event, sells out another An author whose outspoken criticism of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank got him banned from a Jewish book festival in Atlanta spoke at a sold-out event at an alternate location. Peter Beinart was originally one of 52 writers invited to speak at this week’s Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, which attracts about 10,000 people each year. Bowing to pressure from some local Jews offended by Beinart’s views, festival organizers then cancelled his

scheduled appearance. Beinart was then scheduled to speak in a smaller venue in downtown Atlanta, nearly 32 kilometres from the festival site at the suburban community centre. The 200 seats allotted for his talk quickly sold out. Beinart’s most recent book “The Crisis of Zionism” criticizes hawkish Jewish leaders in Israel and the United States for their continued support for Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories. The associated press


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Good Samaritan law. Drug charge dropped against Bon Jovi’s daughter

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Drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi’s 19-year-old daughter have been dropped, a central New York prosecutor said Thursday. Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm early Wednesday. Town of Kirkland police charged Bongiovi, of Red Bank, N.J., and fellow student Ian Grant, also of Red Bank, with possession of a small amount of heroin and marijuana. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said he was dismissing the charges against both students. Under state law, someone having a drug overdose or seeking help for an overdose victim can’t be prosecuted for having a small amount of heroin or any amount of marijuana. The so-called Good Samaritan 911 law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July 2011

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was designed to reduce overdose deaths by encouraging people to call 911 without fear of being arrested for drug possession. Similar laws have been passed in several other states. Bon Jovi, 50, is scheduled to perform at a concert to benefit Hamilton’s scholarships and arts programs in Times Square on Dec. 5. the associated press

Update. Jamaica prepares to rid penal code of slavery-era flogging law Jamaica is preparing to abolish a slavery-era law allowing flogging and whipping as means of punishing prisoners, the Caribbean country’s justice ministry said Thursday. The ministry said the punishment hasn’t been ordered by a court since 2004 but the statutes remain in the island’s penal code. It was administered with strokes from a tamarind-tree

switch or a cat o’nine tails, a whip made of nine, knotted cords. Justice Minister Mark Golding says the “degrading” punishment is an anachronism which violates Jamaica’s international obligations and is preventing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s government from ratifying the U.N. convention against torture.

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The search for three European hikers on a snowy volcano in southern Chile now has high-tech help and a fresh group of volunteers, but heavy clouds are setting them back. Searchers are using a federal police helicopter as well as the private helicopter hired by Italian’s family, and both are equipped with thermal imaging cameras that can see through the heavy snow that covered the hikers’ tracks after they lost contact on Nov. 7.

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Greek inmates to get Internet Greece’s justice minister says inmates at the country’s overcrowded prisons will soon be granted supervised use of computers with Internet access and private family visits from their spouses and registered partners. the associated press Driving

Man fined $2,300 for speeding A Halifax-area man has been handed a fine for $2,300 for driving at 160 kilometres per hour in an 80 km/h zone. Police say they spotted a car speeding along a Nova Scotia highway. An 18-year-old male driver has been charged with stunting under the Motor Vehicle Act. the associated press

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Uruguay moves toward legalizing marijuana New leading pot dealer? Uruguay lawmakers consider legalization of marijuana with goal of outselling pot dealers Uruguay came one step closer to turning the government into the country’s leading pot dealer on Thursday, as lawmakers formally introduced to Congress a framework for regulating the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. The proposal is much

more liberal than what Uruguay’s government initially proposed months ago, when President Jose Mujica said only the government would be allowed to sell pot. The draft law would instead create a National Cannabis Institute to license individuals and companies to produce and sell marijuana. It would foster marijuanagrowing clubs to provide the weed to their members. And most significantly, it would allow anyone to grow a limited amount of marijuana in their own homes, and possess marijuana for their own consumption. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Toking and driving. U.S. cops consider how to deal with stoned drivers It’s settled. Pot, at least certain amounts of it, will soon be legal under state laws in Washington and Colorado. Now, officials in both states are trying to figure out how to keep stoned drivers off the road. Colorado’s measure doesn’t make any changes to the state’s driving-under-the-influence laws, leaving lawmakers and police to worry about its effect on road safety. “We’re going to have more impaired drivers,” warned John Jackson, police chief in the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village. Washington’s law does

change driving-under-theinfluence provisions by setting a new blood-test limit for marijuana — a limit police are training to enforce, and which some lawyers are already gearing up to challenge. “We’ve had decades of studies and experience with alcohol,” said Washington State Patrol spokesman Dan Coon. “Marijuana is new, so it’s going to take some time to figure out how the courts and prosecutors are going to handle it. But the key is impairment: We will arrest drivers who drive impaired, whether it be drugs or alcohol.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Uruguay vs. the U.S. A look at a proposal to legalize marijuana in Uruguay, compared with the new laws in two U.S. states: Uruguay: The proposal formally introduced to Congress on Thursday would create a National Cannabis Institute with the power to license people and companies to produce marijuana for recreational, medical or industrial uses. It would allow adults to possess up to 40 grams for personal use and anyone to grow up to six pot plants and produce up to 480 grams of marijuana in their own homes. People could join clubs of up to 15 pot smokers who together would be licensed by the state to grow as many as 90 plants at a time (up to 7,200 grams of marijuana a year.) Colorado: Allows adults 21 and older to possess up to two ounces of marijuana without a doctor’s recommendation, and to grow up to six marijuana plants. It does not allow marijuana to be used publicly. Washington State: Decriminalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The state will license the growing, processing and labelling of marijuana.


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Booze bulge. Study says Americans pack on the pounds through alcohol Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found. Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public-health campaigns — are the source of about six per cent of the calories adults consume, on average. Alcoholic beverages account for about five per cent, the new study found. “We’ve been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new,” said Cynthia Ogden, one of the study’s authors. She’s an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released its findings Thursday. The government research-

Brazil looks to cloning to combat extinction Threatened species. Brazilian project collecting cells from endangered animals, but initial cloning attempt is likely still years away

A study has found that the average guy drinks 150 calories a day, equal to a can of Budweiser. getty images

ers say the findings deserve attention because, like soda, alcohol contains few nutrients but plenty of calories. The CDC study is based on interviews with more than 11,000 U.S. adults from 2007 through 2010. the associated press

Tycho. Scientists say Danish astronomer didn’t die from mercury Ever since Tycho Brahe died suddenly more than 400 years ago, there has been mystery about whether the Dane whose celestial observations laid the groundwork for modern astronomy fell victim to natural causes or was murdered. On Thursday, scientists who had exhumed his body said one thing is clear: If he was murdered, it wasn’t with mercury, as many rumours had claimed. “We measured the concentration of mercury using three different quantitative chemical methods in our labs” in the Czech Republic and Denmark, said Kaare Lund Rasmussen, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Southern Denmark.

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“All tests revealed the same result: That mercury concentrations were not sufficiently high to have caused his death,” Rasmussen said in a statement. Scientists didn’t say what did kill the astronomer, but tests on the remains are still being conducted. Brahe’s death in 1601 at the age of 54 was long believed to have been due to a bladder infection. Legend said it was the result of his reluctance to breach court etiquette during a reception by leaving for a toilet. Kidney disease was another suspect. But some speculated that he might have been poisoned with mercury, even at the hands of a king or a rival astronomer. The Associated Press

Brazilian researchers are turning to cloning to help fight the perilous decline of several animal species. The scientists at Brazil’s Embrapa agriculture research agency said this week they have spent two years building a gene library with hundreds of samples from eight native species, including the collared anteater, the bush dog, the black lion tamarin, the coati, and deer and bison varieties, as well as the jaguar and the maned wolf. While still in its early stages, with the birth of a clone likely years away, the project represents Brazilian scientists’ first foray into the cloning of wild animals, said team leader Carlos Frederico Martins. Scientists in other parts of the world have been cloning threatened species for more than a decade, though with a low rate of success, and sometimes with the criticism of conservationists who say more should instead be done to save endangered animals in the wild by protecting their natural habitats. Martins said that any clones that eventually emerge from the Brazilian project would go to zoos, not into the wild. “The idea is not to use cloning as a primary conservation tool,” Martins said in a phone interview from a farm outside the national capital, Brasilia. He stressed

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The project’s top candidate for initial cloning is the maned wolf, a towering canine with long legs and a thick red pelt. • Creating pups. A skin cell from the wolf would be inserted into the egg of a common dog and then implanted into the uterus of another dog, making it the pup’s surrogate mother. • Endangered list. With an estimated total population of 23,600, the vast majority of them in Brazil, the maned wolf is classified as “near threatened” on the ICNU Red List of Threatened Species.

that clones don’t resolve one of the main problems facing species with dwindling populations, which is maintaining a sufficiently varied gene pool. “Let’s be clear that cloning can’t be a substitute for protecting endangered animals’ habitats,” Martins said. “It’s a way to aid zoos, beef up their collections, particularly for animals that don’t easily breed in captivity.” Nearly all the samples in the Embrapa team’s gene library were culled from the bodies of dead animals, generally road kill brought in from the Cerrado, the vast tropical Savannah that surrounds Brasilia. If officials approve a pending partnership with the city’s zoo, staff there will be trained to take samples from live animals from its collection, Martins said.

An onca pintada jaguar walks in the Jardim Zoo in Brazil. It’s one of eight species whose cells have been collected in a gene library built by Brazil’s Embrapa agriculture research agency. the associated Press A tricky enterprise

Learning From Dolly The cloning of animals became a reality in 1996 with the birth of the Dolly the sheep. Dolly developed a virus-induced lung disease and was euthanized at age six — about half the life expectancy of her breed — but she gave birth to four lambs. Cloning remains a difficult enterprise with a success rate of about five to

seven per cent. The first reported cross-species clone, a wild ox called a gaur born in 2001, died of dysentery two days later. Martins said new techniques might boost the Brazilian team’s success rate to about 12 per cent. Martha Gomez, a senior scientist at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans, applauded the Brazilian effort but cautioned that any actual clones could be a long time off. The Associated Press

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One-on-one with Mansbridge National matters. Peter Mansbridge shares his thoughts on the media, consumers and climate change RUTH DAVENPORT Metro in Halifax

Veteran news anchor Peter Mansbridge was in Halifax Thursday for a live broadcast of The National. Mansbridge has worked as a journalist for 45 years, 25 of those with the CBC anchoring the nightly newscast. He sat down with Metro to share some insights from nearly a half-century of experience. There have been a lot of major developments on the international scene in the last few years — what’s your sense, given your vast Top 5

Mansbridge’s top-five standout moments in journalism: • One-on-one with U.S. President Barack Obama. • Being in Berlin when the wall fell. • Travelling the Northwest Passage on the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent. • 1979 documentary on the “boat people” of Vietnam. • His three years as a rookie in Churchill, Man., covering the “stories that matter.”

experience, of how engaged people are today? What I’ve found with our audience generally is that when something big happens, they’re very interested. Then as things quiet down, they’re more concerned about domestic issues. Lots is dependent on what we do in the media — we spent so much money covering the post-9-11 period and the Iraq war, and then we ran out of money. And sadly, when that happens, you pull back on international coverage because it’s the most expensive, and you’re giving less information, and it shows. Of late, Syria is a hugely important story but I don’t think people are going to be leaping to their television at night saying, ‘Man, what’s happening in Syria?’ The latest escalation of violence between the Israelis and Palestinians may do that. Where does the chickenand-egg cycle start between what the media provides and what consumers want?

CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge outside the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on Thursday. ruth davenport/metro in halifax

I think the cycle has gotten worse, for a number of reasons. One of them is at times a failure on our part. Look at the example this week at how so much of the media went crazy over the (David) Petraeus story. Why did they do that? My theory is that it’s a lot easier to tell the Petraeus story than it is to tell the fiscal-cliff story. Which one actually impacts your life? The fiscal cliff. So people get cynical because they look at that and say, “What’s the matter with these guys?”

programs like Entertainment Tonight, they’re wildly popular. There’s an appetite for scandal and “sexy” stuff.

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That’s true, and that’s where it belongs, is programs like that. I do fault the consumer to some degree. They have to make a decision about what they’re going to watch and what they’re going to trust. And if they’re going to demand that not only on Entertainment Tonight but also in the nightly news, they’ll get what they asked for, and that’s too bad.

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I think we do a pathetic job on the climate-change story. It’s changing our world, without question. It’s not all bad — some things are good about climate change — but there are some things that are threatening the way we live, and other countries are miles ahead of us in adapting to climate change. We’ve got to get in the game.

“It comes back to that issue of, what’s news? Is it what’s entertaining and what people are talking about at water coolers, or is it what’s important?”

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world of journalism where the pressure’s on time, you’ve got to spend more time doing the basic journalism before going on the air. Our role is a fundamental, basic pillar of democracy, and if we do it poorly, everybody suffers. If we do it right, we end up living in a better society.

Winnipeg drawn into ‘Earth’s rectum’ debate No longer content to slag the city in print, Stephen Colbert has taken his disdain for Windsor, Ont., to the airwaves, and this time he’s drawn in Winnipeg as well. During Wednesday’s broadcast of The Colbert Report, the political comedian said the “Maple stream media” had taken offence to a passage in his latest book that suggests Windsor is the Earth’s rectum. “Folks in Canada are ‘ootraged,’” Colbert said. Colbert defended his book and said he was just asking “probing” questions. He also dragged Winnipeg into the controversy. “Could the Earth’s rectum be Windsor? I don’t know, it could

just as easily be Winnipeg,” he said. Referencing a CBC poll, Colbert said being known as “the Earth’s rectum is an improvement over Windsor’s previous reputation.” Colbert’s comments sparked a social media campaign aimed at getting the comedian to visit the city. A Let’s Get Stephen Colbert to Windsor Facebook page was created shortly after the show ended. But by mid-morning on Thursday, the page had accumulated only 84 likes, suggesting that the feelings between Rose City residents and Colbert’s bellicose conservative alter-ego are mutual. Luke simcoe/metro in windsor

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Japan headed for December vote Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda was poised to dissolve Japan’s parliament Friday, setting the stage for elections next month that will likely result in a weak coalition government with differing policies on how to fix the country’s myriad problems. The associated press

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There’s now a Canadian connection to the David Petraeus sex scandal following revelations that the FBI agent who helped uncover the disgraced CIA director’s extra-marital affair went to high school in Canada and played a key role in the infamous Ahmed Ressam case 13 years ago. Frederick Humphries, one of the key players in the tawdry unravelling of Petraeus’s once-storied career, set the wheels in motion for the general’s downfall after he agreed last spring to investigate anonymous emails sent to a friend in Tampa, socialite Jill Kelley. That probe revealed

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school somewhere in Ontario. His mother and stepfather live in Illinois. He reportedly learned French in the Canadian school system, a skill that helped him nab Ressam, who claimed to be a Montrealer in 1999 as he attempted to sneak across the Canada-U.S. border to blow up the Los Angeles airport in a thwarted millennium attack. Ressam, an Algerian alQaida member who lived in Montreal, was apprehended with explosives in the trunk of his car on a Canadian ferry to the U.S. and claimed only to speak French. But while reading Ressam his rights in the language, Humphries immediately knew he was not Quebecois, detecting an Algerian accent instead. Before long, investigators discovered Ressam was using false ID and had charged him with plotting what would have been a deadly attack on one of the busiest airports in the U.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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dent Xi said in nationally televised remarks in the Great Hall of the People. He later said “we are not complacent, and we will never rest on our laurels” in confronting challenges — corruption chief among them. By his side stood the six other newly appointed members of the Politburo Standing Committee: Li Keqiang, the presumptive premier and chief economic official; Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang; Shanghai party secretary Yu Zhengsheng; propaganda chief Liu Yunshan; Tianjin party secretary Zhang Gaoli; and Vice Premier Wang Qishan, once the leadership’s top troubleshooter who will head the party’s internal watchdog panel. Xi gave no hint of new thinking to address the problems. The lack of specifics and the new leadership heavy with conservative technocrats deflated expectations for change in some quarters.

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call at home in 2004. On the other end of the line was a man with a heavy Italian accent. He warned him to stop working in the city, in the first of two similar phone calls Carrier received. Carrier asked the man for

his name. “Never mind who I am,” the caller said. “Because the next time you won’t be walking away from here ... Thank you and have a nice day.” He reported the initial phone call to police. The RCMP later came to visit him and told him that they’d recorded that call. They said the caller was Francesco Del Balso, one of the senior-most members of the Rizzuto crime family. The tape was played Thursday at the inquiry. When he didn’t back down, Carrier received by courier at his office a condolence card — the kind sent to a grieving family after a death. At the end of his testimony, Carrier was saluted by inquiry chair France Charbonneau. “I thank you, and I congratulate you for your ... courage,’’ she said. The Canadian Press

Bringing home the bravery hardware Pte. Taumy St-Hilaire, from Montreal, looks at his Star of Military Valour, Canada’s second-highest award for bravery, received during a ceremony with Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Thursday. adrian wyld/the canadian press

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Impatience has grown among entrepreneurs, others in the new middle class and migrant workers — all wired by social media and conditioned by two decades of rising living standards to expect better government, if not democracy. All along, police have continued to harass and jail a lengthening list of political foes, dissidents, civil rights lawyers and labour activists. In his first address to the nation, Xi, a 59-year-old son of a revolutionary hero, acknowledged the lengthy agenda for what should be the first of two five-year terms in office. He promised to deliver better social services while making sure China stands tall in the world and the party continues to rule. “Our responsibility now is to rally and lead the entire party and the people of all ethnic groups in China in taking over the historic baton and in making continued efforts to achieve the great renewal of the Chinese nation,’’ a confi-

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to rebuild their lives. He also delivered a post-election message of unity, nine days after a closely divided America gave him a second term. “We’re reminded that we are bound together and we have to look out for each other,” Obama said from a block in Staten Island that was demolished by the storm. “The petty differences melt away.”

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BP to pay record $4.5B over Gulf oil disaster Offshore oil. As part of settlement, firm will plead guilty on charges related to worker deaths and lying to Congress A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges and pay a record $4.5 billion US in a settlement with the U.S. government over the deadly 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Three BP employees were also charged, two of them with manslaughter. The settlement and the indictments came 2 1/2 years after the drilling-rig explosion that killed 11 workers and set off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The settlement includes nearly $1.3 billion in fines — the biggest criminal penalty in U.S. history — along with payments to entities inside and outside government. As part of the deal, the BP will plead guilty to charges related to the deaths of the 11 workers and to lying to Congress. “We believe this resolution is in the best interest of BP and its shareholders,” said Carl-Henric Svanberg, BP chairman. “It Market Minute

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accused of repeatedly disregarding abnormal highpressure readings that should have been glaring indications of trouble just before the blowout. In addition, David Rainey, BP’s vice-president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico at

the time, was indicted on charges of obstruction of Congress and making false statements. Prosecutors said he withheld information from Congress that indicated the amount of oil spewing from the blownout well was greater than he let on. The Associated Press

Tax break for travel in Canada would be welcome, poll finds Canadians are prepared to embrace the idea of a tax incentive for travelling within Canada, a new poll suggests. A private member’s bill tabled in the House of Commons by Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti proposes a tax credit for air, bus or train fares on non-business trips that cross at least three provincial borders. Some 70 per cent of respondents to a recent Canadian Press-Harris/Decima poll expressed support for the idea. Regionally, almost eight in 10 respondents in Atlantic Canada liked it, with 75 per cent of those in British Columbia and Alberta in favour. About four of every 10 people surveyed said they would be more likely to travel within Canada if the tax break was in place, the poll found. “I think it’s certainly well intentioned and I think we’d certainly like to see Canadians travelling in Canada as opposed to outside the country,” said Kevin Desjardins, vice-president of strategy and public affairs for the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Pacetti’s Discover Your Canada Act would allow an income-tax deduction of 100 per cent of bus fares, 75 per cent on train tickets and 50 per cent for domestic flights,

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up to a maximum of $2,000. As a private member’s bill, the proposal is unlikely to become law, but HarrisDecima vice-president Patricia Thacker said a tax break of some kind could help reduce the country’s big travel deficit, which is the difference between what travelling Canadians spend abroad and what foreign visitors spend here “Our survey results show that Canadians need just a small push to consider — or to reconsider ­ — travelling within Canada,” Thacker said. Chisholm Pothier, a spokesman for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, said the government has to consider the cost of such focused subsidies. “In an era where governments are trying to get back to balanced budgets, fiscal responsibility suggests costly, new, novelty subsidies are not the best use of taxpayers dollars,” Pothier wrote in an email. The Canadian Press

Glum forecast. Eurozone Hall of fame. Star Wars falls back into recession figures make toy history The 17-country eurozone has fallen back into recession for the first time in three years as the fallout from the region’s financial crisis was felt from Amsterdam to Athens. And with surveys pointing to increasingly depressed conditions across the 17-member group at a time of austerity and high unemployment, the recession is forecast to deepen, and make the debt crisis — which has been calmer of late — even more difficult to handle. Official figures Thursday showed that the eurozone conRenewable energy

Google invests in wind farm Google is investing $75 million US in an Iowa wind farm as part of its effort to encourage development of cleaner energy sources. The deal announced Thursday gives Google Inc. a stake in the Ropey Wind Farm in Greene County, Iowa. The wind farm is located about 210 kilo-

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tracted by 0.1 per cent in the July to September period from the quarter before. The decline reported by Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, was in line with market expectations and follows on from the 0.2 per cent fall recorded in the second quarter. The associated Press

metres northeast of Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is home to one of the eight data centres that power Google’s Internet search engine and other services. The Iowa data centre won’t be getting power from the wind farm. The high electricity demand of Google’s massive data centres is one of the reasons the company backs energy projects that cause less pollution than traditional power plants. The Associated Press

Star Wars action figures are joining centuries-old dominoes in the U.S. National Toy Hall of Fame’s class of 2012, announced Thursday. Star Wars action figures went on the market after the 1977 release of the classic movie. The figures of Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and others were sold until 1985 and again from the mid-1990s to today. Museum officials said their phenomenal popularity inspired other toy makers to tie their products to movSales drop

McDonald’s replaces head of U.S. operations McDonald’s Corp. is hoping a leadership shake-up for its U.S. business will help it fight off intensifying competition. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Thursday that Jan Fields, president of McDonald’s

ies and television series, and they noted the toys’ appeal extends to adults, who continue to collect them. Dominoes originated in China in the 1300s and appeared later in Europe in a slightly different form. The two toys beat out plastic green army men, the board game Clue, the FisherPrice Corn Popper, Lite-Brite, the Magic 8 Ball, the pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, the electronic game Simon, the tea set and Twister. The associated Press

USA, will be replaced by Jeff Stratton, its global chief restaurant officer, effective Dec. 1. The announcement comes less than a week after the fast-food giant reported its first monthly sales drop in nearly a decade. A McDonald’s spokeswoman said CEO Don Thompson and Fields are long-time friends and that they discussed the need for a change at the top. The Associated Press


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participants in the kaikottikali dance, the largest-ever event of its kind and a world-first: A dance of this scale is unprecedented. Kaikottikali is a famous groupdance performed by women in the southwest Indian state of Kerala. This spectacle has eight to 10 women dancing in a symmetrical form. The dancers move in a circular pattern, accompanied by rhythmic hand-clapping, to the tune of the ritual song Thiruvathira pattu. As they move, they bend sideways, with their arms coming together in graceful gestures.

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• Most underpants worn. 266 by Australian Steve Jacobs, who beat the previous record held by himself: 247. • Most people crammed in a Mini Cooper. 28 is the new record for most people crammed in a modern Mini in London, England. Dani Maynard and her team beat the previous record by one person cramming in for a total of five seconds.

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Going out with a fang Breaking Dawn Part 2. In this Reel Guys, Liz Brown, a TwiHard, helps skeptic Richard Crouse understand the final installment Richard: Liz, this is it… or is it just the beginning of Edward and Bella’s immortal romance? I don’t know. All I know is the film franchise is over and it goes out with probably the most enjoyable movie of the bunch. It’s out with the angst, and in with a newfound sense of fun. The previous movies struck me as overly ponderous; this one is actually quite funny, occasionally bordering on camp. And that’s OK given that the story of vampire babies and ab-tastic werewolves is rather silly. Tell me, superfan, what did you think? Liz: Richard, the first step is admitting you have a prob-

lem — and I do. I fell for the fang when I picked up Christopher Pike’s The Last Vampire series in Grade 6. Twilight brought me back to that time — daydreaming about brooding, loner vampires and wishing I had superpowers. It seems in this last installment the franchise has whole-heartedly embraced its camp. I prefer my femmes to lean towards the fatale, so it was nice to see Kristen Stewart finally stop biting her lip and show us her blood-thirsty side. RC: I agree! Four movies of brooding Bella and Edward’s ennui was enough. The sad faces and staring off into space may have captured the pain of teen love, but, if you’ll excuse the pun, they also sucked some of the lifeblood from the story. The newlyweds still share eternal love, but now they’re having some fun. Edward, if you watch closely, even smiles occasionally. It’s a big step from the first installments and, unsurpris-

ingly, it makes for a more fun movie. LB: I’m sorry Richard, I’m still firmly Team Jacob, so I didn’t pay Edward much heed. But I’ll agree — the actors are having fun in this final hurrah. The most fun for me? Jacob’s semi-nude explanation of the supernatural. Judging from the cheers in the crowd, I’m not the only one who enjoyed it. But I was a little disappointed with the action scenes. I know it’s a film for tweens, but couldn’t the battles have a bit more style? RC: I thought I heard you let out a squeal when Lautner stripped down. Don’t worry. I won’t tell anyone. The action scenes are bloodless for the most part. The Walking Dead makes this look like Sesame Street, but I liked the steely look of determination on Dakota Fanning’s face throughout. I just hope she wasn’t paid by the word for her mostly mute performance.

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In 2007, photographer James Balog set out to capture images of climate change that the public could not ignore. So he installed time-lapse cameras throughout the Arctic, which took photos every day for years and documented the world’s rapidly shrinking glaciers. Jeff Orlowski’s film, which follows Balog and his team, is full of stunning yet devastating images that will do more to inform the world about climate change than any depressing statistic or dire warning could. But Chasing Ice is not just another climate change film. It’s a film about Balog.

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metronews.ca WEEKEND, November 16-18, 2012

These pages cover movie start times from Fri., nov. 16 to Thurs., Nov. 22. Times are subject to change. Complete listings are also available at metronews.ca/movies.

Vancouver OMNIMAX Theatre Science World 1455 Quebec St.

Hubble (STC) A.M. Wed 11 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey (STC) A.M. Fri 11 Rocky Mountain Express (STC) Fri-Thu 1-3 To the Arctic (G) Fri 12-2 Sat-Sun 12-2-4 Mon-Thu 12-2

Dunbar Theatre 4555 Dunbar Street

Skyfall (PG) Fri 3:30-7-9:55 Sat-Sun 12:303:30-7-9:55 Mon-Thu 7-9:55

Fifth Avenue Cinemas 2110 Burrard Street

Argo (PG) Fri-Thu 1:15-4-7-9:30 Chasing Ice (G) Fri-Thu 1:30-5:15-7:30-

9:40 Lincoln (PG) Fri-Thu 1-4:15-8 Midnight’s Children (PG) Fri-Sun 12:45-3:45-7:45 Mon 12:45-3:45 Tue-Thu 12:45-3:45-7:45 Searching for Sugar Man (PG) Fri-Thu 3:15 The Sessions (18A) Fri-Sun 1:45-4:30-7:15-9:20 Mon 1:45-4:30-9:20 Tue-Wed 1:45-4:30-7:15-9:20 Thu 1:454:30-9:20

Pacific Cinémathèque 1131 Howe Street

3440 Cambie Street

Skyfall (PG) Fri-Thu 12:50-3:50-7-10 Ridge Theatre 3131 Arbutus Street, 604-738-6311 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (14A) Fri 4:15-7-9:30 Sat-Sun 1:30-4:15-79:30 Mon-Thu 4:15-7-9:30

Rio on Broadway 1660 E. Broadway

Los Angeles Plays Itself (STC) Sun 6:30 Chinatown (18A) Fri 8:35 Sat 6:30 The Holy Assassin (STC) Mon 7:30 No Films Showing Today (STC) Tue Thu Still (STC) Wed 7:30 Zabriskie Point (STC) Fri 6:30 Sat 9

Choose Your Own Adventure (STC) Thu 7 Gremlins 2: The New Batch (STC) Fri 11 No Films Showing Today (STC) Mon On the Sly (STC) Sun 2 Reel Rock 7 (STC) Sun 7:30 Seven Psychopaths (18A) Tue-Wed 7-9:30 Thu 9:30

Park Theatre

Scotiabank Theatre

Vancouver 900 Burrard St.

Argo (PG) Fri-Sun 1:30-4:20-7:25-10:20 Mon 1:20-4:10-7:10-10:05 Tue 1:30-4:2010:20 Wed-Thu 1:20-4:10-7:10-10:05 Cloud Atlas (14A) Fri-Sun 3-6:45-10:25 Mon 1-4:35-8:10 Tue 3-6:45-10:25 WedThu 1-4:35-8:10 Flight (14A) Fri-Sun 1:25-4:35-7:40-10:45 Mon 12:30-3:30-10:35 Tue 1:25-4:35-7:4010:45 Wed-Thu 1:10-4:15-7:25-10:35 Lady Antebellum: Own The Night World Tour (G) Tue 7:30 Life of Pi 3D (G) Wed-Thu 1:30-4:407:40-10:35 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Encore (STC) Sat 9:55 Mon 6:30 Silver Linings Playbook (14A) Wed-Thu 1:15-4:20-7:30-10:25 Skyfall (PG) Fri-Sun 12-12:25-12:50-3:10-

3:40-4:10-6:30-7-7:30-10-10:30-11 Mon 12:30-12:45-1:50-3:40-4-5-7-7:20-8:1510:20-10:40 Tue 12-12:25-12:50-3:103:40-4:10-6:30-7-7:30-10-10:30-11 Wed 12:30-12:45-3:40-4-7-7:20-10:20-10:40 Thu 12:30-12:45-3:40-7-7:45-10:20-10:50 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (14A) Fri-Sun 12:20-1:05-1:403:55-4:30-6:50-7:20-9:35-10:10 Mon 1:05-1:40-3:55-4:30-6:50-7:25-9:40-10:10 Tue 12:20-1:05-1:40-3:55-4:30-6:50-7:209:35-10:10 Wed-Thu 1:40-4:30-7:25-10:10 Fri-Sun 11:55-2:35-5:20-8:05-10:50 Mon 2:15-5-7:45-10:30 Tue 12-2:35-5:20-8:0510:50 Wed-Thu 2:15-5-7:45-10:30

Vancouver Aquarium 4D Experience Theatre 845 Avison Way

The Great Salmon Run 4D Experience (STC) Fri-Thu 11:15-12:30-1:45-3-4:15 North Shore Esplanade 6 200 West Esplanade, 604-983-2762 Cloud Atlas (14A) Fri 7:20 Sat-Sun 12:304:10-7:50 Mon-Thu 7:20 Flight (14A) Fri 6:50-9:45 Sat-Sun 12:50-3:50-6:50-9:45 Mon-Tue 6:50-9:45 Wed-Thu 6:35-9:30 Lincoln (PG) Fri 6:45-9:50 Sat-Sun 12:35-3:40-6:45-9:50 Mon-Tue 6:45-9:50 Wed-Thu 6:30-9:35 Pitch Perfect (PG) Fri 7:10-9:40 Sat-Sun 1:20-4:20-7:10-9:40 Mon-Tue 7:10-9:40 Red Dawn (PG) Wed-Thu 7-9:40 The Sessions (18A) Fri 6:30-9:35 Sat-Sun 1:15-4-6:30-9:35 Mon-Tue 6:30-9:35 WedThu 7:10-9:45 Wreck-It Ralph (G) Sat-Sun 1 Wreck-It Ralph 3D (G) Fri 6:40-9:15 Sat-Sun 3:30-6:40-9:15 Mon-Tue 6:40-9:15 Wed-Thu 6:50-9:15

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Argo (PG) Fri 6:50-9:40 Sat-Sun 1-3:507:25-10 Mon-Thu 6:50-9:40 Life of Pi 3D (G) Wed-Thu 6:30-9:45 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Encore (STC) Sat 9:55 Midnight’s Children (PG) Fri 6:40-9:50 Sat-Sun 12:30-3:45-7-10:10 Mon-Tue 6:40-9:50 Rise of the Guardians 3D (G) Wed-Thu 7:30-10:10 Skyfall (PG) Fri 6:30-7-9:45-10:15 Sat-Sun 12:15-12:55-3:25-4:05-6:35-7:159:50-10:30 Mon-Tue 6:30-7-9:45-10:15 Wed 7-10:15 Thu 10:15 Star & Strollers Screening, Thu 1 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (14A) Fri 6:45-7:15-9:30-10 Sat-Sun 1:10-2:05-4-4:50-6:50-7:35-9:40-10:20 Mon-Thu 6:45-7:15-9:30-10 Star & Strollers Screening, Thu 1

Richmond SilverCity Riverport 14211 Entertainment Way

Argo (PG) Fri-Thu 1:40-4:30-7:25-10:20 Beethoven (STC) Sat 11 Cloud Atlas (14A) Fri-Sat 3-6:40-10:25 Sun 12:30-10:25 Mon 2-6-9:45 Tue 3-6:40-10:25 Dangerous Liaisons (PG) Fri-Thu 2-4:407:30-10:20 Flight (14A) Fri-Sun 12:55-4:15-7:2510:40 Mon 12:55-4:05-7:15-10:25 Tue 12:55-4:15-7:25-10:40 Wed-Thu 12:554:05-7:15-10:25 Hotel Transylvania (G) Fri-Tue 12:40-3 Hotel Transylvania 3D (G) Fri-Tue 5:20-7:40 Jab Tak Hai Jaan (PG) Fri-Sun 1:45-5:40-9:30 Mon 1:20-5:10-9 Tue 1:455:40-9:30 Wed-Thu 1:20-5:10-9 Lady Antebellum: Own The Night World Tour (G) Tue 7:30 Life of Pi 3D (G) Wed-Thu 1:30-4:357:35-10:35 Lincoln (PG) Fri-Sun 12:30-3:50-6:25-7:10-9:45-10:30 Mon 12:40-3:55-6:30-7:10-9:50-10:25 Tue 12:30-3:50-6:25-7:10-9:45-10:30 WedThu 12:40-3:55-6:30-7:10-9:50-10:25 Looper (14A) Fri-Mon 2-4:50-7:45-10:35 Tue 2-4:50-10:35 The Man With the Iron Fists (18A) FriSun 1-3:25-5:50-8:15-10:45 Mon 1-3:255:50-8:10-10:30 Tue 1-3:25-5:50-8:1510:45 Wed-Thu 1-3:25-5:50-8:10-10:30 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore

Encore (STC) Sat 9:55 Pitch Perfect (PG) Fri-Tue 1:55-4:457:35-10:25 Red Dawn (PG) Wed-Thu 1-3:30-5:50-8:10-10:40 Rise of the Guardians (G) Wed-Thu 12:45 Rise of the Guardians 3D (G) Wed-Thu 3:10-5:35-8:05-10:35 Silver Linings Playbook (14A) Wed-Thu 1:25-4:20-7:15-10:10 Skyfall (PG) Fri-Sun 12-3:10-6:30-10 Mon 1-4:10-7:25-10:40 Tue 12-3:10-6:3010 Wed 1-2:30-4:10-6-7:25-9:20-10:40 Thu 2:30-4:10-6-7:25-9:20-10:40 Fri 12:50-4:10-7:30-11 Sat 10:15-10:3010:45-11:40-12:50-4:10-7:30-11 Sun 12:50-4:10-7:30-11 Mon 2:30-6-9:20 Tue 12:50-4:10-7:30-11 Star & Strollers Screening, Thu 1 Skyfall: The IMAX Experience (PG) FriSun 12:40-3:50-7-10:15 Mon 12:25-3:356:45-10 Tue 12:40-3:50-7-10:15 Wed-Thu 12:25-3:35-6:45-10 Son of Sardar (PG) Fri-Sun 12:30-3:406:45-9:55 Mon 12:45-3:55-7:05-10:10 Tue 12:30-3:40-6:45-9:55 Wed-Thu 12:453:55-7:05-10:10 Taken 2 (PG) Fri-Tue 10:05 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (14A) Fri 12-1:05-1:40-3:55-4:30-6:507:20-9:40-10:10 Sat 10:05-10:10-10:551:05-1:40-3:55-4:30-6:50-7:20-9:40-10:10 Sun 1:05-1:40-3:55-4:30-6:50-7:209:40-10:10 Mon 12:55-1:30-3:45-4:206:40-7:10-9:30-10 Tue 12-1:05-1:403:55-4:30-7:20-7:40-10-10:10 Wed 12:55-1:30-3:45-4:20-6:40-7:10-9:30-10 Thu 1:30-3:45-4:20-6:40-7:10-9:30-10 Fri-Sun 11:55-2:35-5:20-8:05-10:50 Mon 2:15-5-7:45-10:30 Tue 11:55-2:35-5:208:05-10:50 Wed-Thu 2:15-5-7:45-10:30 Star & Strollers Screening, Thu 1 Wreck-It Ralph (G) Fri 1-3:45 Sat 10:1010:20-1-3:45 Sun 1-3:45 Mon 1:05-3:40 Tue 1-3:45 Wed-Thu 1:05-3:40 Wreck-It Ralph 3D (G) Fri-Sun 12-2:455:30-8:10-10:45 Mon 1:40-4:15-7-9:45 Tue 12-2:45-5:30-8:10-10:45 Wed-Thu 1:40-4:15-7-9:45 WWE Survivor Series - 2012 (STC) Sun 5

Burnaby Dolphin Cinemas 4555 E. Hastings St.

Skyfall (PG) Fri 4-6:50-9:40 Sat-Mon 1:15-4-6:50-9:40 Tue-Thu 4-6:50-9:40 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (14A) Fri 4:30-7:05-9:30 Sat-Mon 1:454:30-7:05-9:30 Tue-Thu 4:30-7:05-9:30 SilverCity Metropolis 4700 Kingsway Ave., 604-435-7474 Argo (PG) Fri-Sun 1:45-4:35-7:40-10:25 Mon 1:35-4:20-10:25 Tue 1:45-4:35-7:4010:25 Beethoven (STC) Sat 11 Flight (14A) Fri-Thu 1:25-4:25-7:35-10:40 Life of Pi 3D (G) Wed-Thu 1:15-4:257:25-10:35 The Man With the Iron Fists (18A) Fri 1-3:30-5:55-8:15-10:45 Sat 1:15-3:30-5:558:15-10:45 Sun 12:15-2:30-8:30-10:45 Mon-Tue 1-3:30-5:55-8:15-10:45 Wed 1:05-3:30-5:55-8:10-10:50 Thu 8:20-10:45 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Encore (STC) Mon 6:30 Red Dawn (PG) Wed-Thu 12:55-3:155:35-7:50-10:25 Rise of the Guardians (G) Wed-Thu 12:20 Rise of the Guardians 3D (G) Wed 2:455:25-7:55-10:20 Thu 2:45-5:25-7:55-10:15 Skyfall (PG) Fri-Sun 12:50-4:107:30-11 Mon 12:50-4:10-7:30-10:50 Tue 12:50-4:10-7:30-11 Wed-Thu 12:50-4:10-7:30-10:45 Fri-Sun 1212:25-3:10-3:40-6:30-7-10-10:30 Mon 12-12:25-3:10-3:30-6:30-7-10-10:20 Tue 12-12:25-3:10-3:40-6:30-7-10-10:30 WedThu 12:25-3:40-7-10:20 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (14A) Fri 1:05-1:40-3:55-4:30-6:50-7:209:40-10:10 Sat 11-1:05-1:40-3:55-4:306:50-7:20-9:40-10:10 Sun-Tue 1:05-1:403:55-4:30-6:50-7:20-9:40-10:10 Wed-Thu 1:40-4:30-7:20-10:10 Fri-Sun 11:55-2:355:20-8:05-10:50 Mon 2:15-5-7:45-10:30 Tue 11:55-2:35-5:20-8:05-10:50 Wed-Thu 2:15-5-7:45-10:30 Wreck-It Ralph (G) Fri-Tue 12:20 WedThu 12:30 Wreck-It Ralph 3D (G) Fri-Tue 2:55-5:308:10-10:35 Wed-Thu 2:55-5:30-8-10:30 WWE Survivor Series - 2012 (STC) Sun 5


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SilverCity Coquitlam 170 Schoolhouse Street

Argo (PG) Fri-Thu 1:40-4:30-7:20-10:10 Beethoven (STC) Sat 11 Cloud Atlas (14A) Fri-Thu 1:10-4:50-8:30 Flight (14A) Fri-Sun 1:15-4:25-7:35-10:45 Mon 1:10-4:15-7:25-10:35 Tue 1:15-4:257:35-10:45 Wed-Thu 1:10-4:15-7:25-10:35 Fri-Sun 12-3:15-6:30-9:45 Mon 3:15-6:309:45 Tue 12-3:15-6:30-9:45 Wed-Thu 3:15-6:30-9:45 Hotel Transylvania (G) Fri-Sun 12:20 Mon 12:40 Tue 12:20 Hotel Transylvania 3D (G) Fri-Sat 2:505:05-7:40-10 Sun 2:50-5:05-10:25 Mon 3-5:20-7:40-10 Tue 2:50-5:05-7:40-10 Lady Antebellum: Own The Night World Tour (G) Tue 7:30 Life of Pi 3D (G) Wed-Thu 1:30-4:357:30-10:25 Lincoln (PG) Fri-Sun 12:30-3:50-7:1010:30 Mon 12:45-4-7:15-10:30 Tue 12:30-3:50-7:10-10:30 Wed-Thu 12:45-47:15-10:30 Fri-Sun 2-5:30-9 Mon 5:30-9 Tue 2-5:30-9 Wed-Thu 5:30-9 Looper (14A) Fri-Thu 2-4:55-7:55-10:45 The Man With the Iron Fists (18A) Fri-Mon 1-3:25-5:50-8:15-10:40 Tue 12:10-2:35-5-10 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Encore (STC) Sat 9:55 Red Dawn (PG) Wed-Thu 1-3:20-5:408:05-10:30 Rise of the Guardians (G) Wed-Thu 12:40 Rise of the Guardians 3D (G) Wed-Thu 3-5:20-7:45-10:10 Seven Psychopaths (18A) Fri-Thu 9:45 Silver Linings Playbook (14A) Wed-Thu 1:15-4:10-7:10-10:05 Skyfall (PG) Fri-Sun 12:50-4:10-7:30-11 Mon 12:50-4:10-7:30-10:45 Tue 12:504:10-7:30-11 Wed-Thu 12:50-4:10-7:3010:45 Fri-Sun 12-3:15-6:35-10 Mon 3:156:35-10 Tue 12-3:15-6:35-10 Wed-Thu 3:15-6:35-10 Fri-Sun 12:20-2:30-3:40-6-79:30-10:30 Mon 3:40-5-7-8:30-10:30 Tue 12:20-2:30-3:40-6-7-9:30-10:30 Wed-Thu 3:40-5-7-8:30-10:30 Taken 2 (PG) Fri-Sat 12:40-3:05-5:35-810:20 Sun 12:10-2:30-8-9:30 Mon-Tue 12:40-3:05-5:35-8-10:20 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (14A) Fri 12:30-1:05-3:20-3:55-6:20-6:509:10-9:40 Sat 11:10-12:30-1:05-3:20-3:556:20-6:50-9:10-9:40 Sun 12:30-1:053:20-3:55-6:20-6:50-9:10-9:40 Mon 12:45-1:05-3:30-3:55-6:20-6:50-9:10-9:40 Tue 12:30-1:05-3:20-3:55-6:20-6:50-9:109:40 Wed 3:55-6:50-9:40 Thu 1:05-3:556:50-9:40 Fri-Sun 1:40-4:30-7:20-10:10 Mon 4:30-7:20-10:10 Tue 1:40-4:307:20-10:10 Wed-Thu 4:30-7:20-10:10 Fri-Sun 11:55-2:35-5:20-8:05-10:50 Mon 2:15-5-7:45-10:30 Tue 11:55-2:35-5:208:05-10:50 Wed-Thu 2:15-5-7:45-10:30 Star & Strollers Screening, Wed 1 Wreck-It Ralph (G) Fri 1:40-4:20-7 Sat 11-1:40-4:20-7 Sun-Tue 1:40-4:20-7 Wed 4:20-7 Thu 1:40-4:20-7 Star & Strollers Screening Wed 1 Wreck-It Ralph 3D (G) Fri-Sun 12:052:40-5:15-7:50-10:25 Mon 2:40-5:15-7:5010:25 Tue 12:05-2:40-5:15-7:50-10:25 Wed-Thu 2:40-5:15-7:50-10:25 WWE Survivor Series - 2012 (STC) Sun 5

Surrey/White Rock/ Langley Clova 5732-176th St., Surrey

No Films Showing Today (STC) Fri Wreck-It Ralph (G) Sat-Sun 1:30-7 Mon-Thu 7

Hollywood 3 Cinema 7125-138th Street, Surrey

Brave 3D (G) Fri-Thu 5 Frankenweenie 3D (G) Fri 7:05 Sat-Sun 3-7:05 Mon-Thu 7:05 Fun Size (PG) Sat-Sun 12:30 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Fri 6:55 SatSun 2:25-6:55 Mon-Thu 6:55 Ice Age: Continental Drift (G) Sat-Sun 1 The Man With the Iron Fists (18A) Fri-Thu 9:05 Pitch Perfect (PG) Fri-Thu 4:35-9:05

Taken 2 (PG) Fri 5:15-7:15-9:15 Sat-Sun 1:15-3:15-5:15-7:15-9:15 Mon-Thu 5:157:15-9:15

Strawberry Hill Grande 12161-72nd Ave, Surrey

Argo (PG) Fri-Tue 1:40-4:30-7:20-10:15 Thu 1:40-4:30-7:20-10:15 Beethoven (STC) Sat 11 Flight (14A) Fri-Sun 1:25-4:30-7:3510:40 Mon 1:15-4:20-7:25-10:30 Tue 1:25-4:30-7:35-10:40 Wed 4:25-7:30-10:35 Thu 1:15-4:20-7:25-10:30 Star & Strollers Screening Wed 1 Jab Tak Hai Jaan (PG) Fri-Thu 1:15-1:455:10-5:40-9:05-9:30 Life of Pi 3D (G) Wed 1-4-7:05-10:05 Midnight’s Children (PG) Fri-Tue 1:204:45-8:10 Thu 1:20-4:45-8:10 Power Cut (PG) Fri-Sat 2-6-9 Sun 2-9 Mon-Thu 2-6-9 Rise of the Guardians (G) Wed 12:20 Rise of the Guardians 3D (G) Wed 3:155:45-8:15-10:40 Skyfall (PG) Fri-Sun 12:25-12:503:40-4:10-7-7:30-10:30-11 Mon 1-3:40-4:10-7-7:30-10:30-10:45 Tue 12:2512:50-3:40-4:10-7-7:30-10:30-11 Wed 12:25-12:50-3:40-4:10-7-7:30-10:30-10:45 Thu 1-3:40-4:10-7-7:30-10:30-10:45 Son of Sardar (PG) Fri-Sun 12:55-4:107:25-10:30 Mon 1-4:10-7:25-10:30 Tue-Wed 12:55-4:10-7:25-10:30 Thu 1-4:10-7:25-10:30 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (14A) Fri-Sun 11:55-2:35-5:20-8:05-10:50 Mon 2:15-5-7:45-10:30 Tue 11:55-2:355:20-8:05-10:50 Wed-Thu 2:15-5-7:4510:30 Fri-Tue 1:40-4:30-7:20-10:10 Wed 4:30-7:20-10:10 Thu 1:40-4:30-7:20-10:10 Star & Strollers Screening, Wed 1 Wreck-It Ralph (G) Fri-Sun 12:20-2:55 Mon 1:30 Tue-Wed 12:20-2:55 Thu 1:30 Wreck-It Ralph 3D (G) Fri-Sun 5:308:05-10:35 Mon 5:20-7:55-10:25 Tue-Wed 5:30-8:05-10:35 Thu 5:20-7:55-10:25 WWE Survivor Series - 2012 (STC) Sun 5

Skyfall (PG) Fri 7-9:40 Sat-Sun 2-7-9:40 Mon-Thu 7-9:40 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (14A) Fri 7:20-9:35 Sat-Sun 2:20-7:209:35 Mon-Thu 7:20-9:35 Wreck-It Ralph (G) Fri 7:10-9:10 Sat-Sun 2:30-7:10-9:10 Mon-Thu 7:10-9:10

Colossus Langley 20090-91A Ave, Langley

Argo (PG) Fri-Sun 1:35-4:25-7:20-10:15 Mon-Thu 4:15-7:20-10:05 Beethoven (STC) Sat 11 Cloud Atlas (14A) Fri-Sat 1-4:50-8:30 Sun 1-5:50-8:45 Mon-Thu 4:10-8 Flight (14A) Fri-Sun 1:25-4:30-7:35-10:40 Mon-Thu 3:45-7:20-10:35 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Fri-Sat 12:35-3:05-5:40-8:15-10:45 Sun 12:353:05-8:15-10:45 Mon-Tue 4:10-7:05-9:50 Hotel Transylvania (G) Fri-Sun 12:40-3

Hotel Transylvania 3D (G) Fri-Sun 5:207:40-9:55 Mon-Tue 4:05-6:50-9:25 Lady Antebellum: Own The Night World Tour (G) Tue 7:30 Life of Pi 3D (G) Wed-Thu 4-7:25-10:25 Lincoln (PG) Fri-Sun 12:30-3:50-6:407:10-10-10:30 Mon 3:35-6:40-7:05-10:0510:30 Tue 3:35-6:40-7:05-10:10-10:30 Wed-Thu 3:35-6:40-7:05-10:05-10:30 Looper (14A) Fri-Sun 1:40-4:25-7:15-10 Mon 4:25-7:25-10:15 Tue 4:25-10:15 Wed 7:25-10:15 Thu 4:25-7:25-10:15 Star & Strollers Screening Wed 3 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Encore (STC) Mon 6:30 Midnight’s Children (PG) Fri-Sun 12:153:40-7:10-10:30 Mon-Tue 4:25-7:55 Pitch Perfect (PG) Fri-Sun 2:10-4:50-7:3510:20 Mon-Thu 4:20-7:10-10:10 Red Dawn (PG) Wed-Thu 4:30-7:3010:40

Rialto 1732-152nd Street, White Rock

Argo (PG) Fri-Tue 7-9:15 Cloud Atlas (14A) Fri-Tue 7:30 Life of Pi (G) Wed-Thu 7-9:25 Lincoln (PG) Wed-Thu 7:30

Twilight Drive-In 260th Street & Fraser Highway, Langley

The Man With the Iron Fists (18A) Fri-Sun 7:30 No Films Showing Today (STC) MonThu Silent Hill: Revelation (18A) Fri-Sun 9:15

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Andre on trying to humanize Hendrix Rock star biopic. Actor and musician aimed to find the regular guy inside the legendary guitar icon In order to capture his best version of Jimi Hendrix for an upcoming biopic, Andre 3000 said he had to think of him as a regular dude and not a rock star. “I didn’t look at him as an icon because when you’re in it, you don’t know you’re an icon. You don’t know you’re an icon until other people say you’re an icon,” the 37-year-old said in an interview Tuesday. “So I had to take it as a person, you know what I mean? And I just tried to say, ‘Well, what would Jimi want people to know that they can’t get PM off of YouTube?’ And that’s how I approached it,” he said. Hendrix died at age 27 in 1970. He was ranked No. 1 on Rolling Stone magazine’s greatest guitarists of all-time list. His band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, is known for iconic albums such as Electric Ladyland and Are You Experienced. All Is by My Side, which focuses on the early days of Hendrix’s career, will be released next year. Andre 3000 is excited to see the film, which he’s finished shooting in Ireland. He believes the public “will be pleased.” Andre 3000, one-half of OutKast with Big Boi, has been out of the music scene in recent years, although he’s been featured on songs by Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Rick Ross, Ke$ha and Young Jeezy. OutKast’s 2006 platinumselling album, Idlewild, which accompanied a film of the same name starring

Andre 3000 filmed the Hendrix biopic in Ireland.

the duo, was their last album. Their 11-time platinum Speakerboxxx/The Love Below won the 2004 Grammy Award for album of the year. Big Boi, who released a solo album two years ago to welcoming reviews, will release a new solo disc, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours, next month. But Andre 3000 isn’t in a rush to record an album. “Some days I feel like

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I’ll do it, some days I don’t. Some days I feel like I don’t need to, some days I feel like I want to do it before I die. So, I don’t know where to fall. I am just hoping one day I get that inspiration,” he said at an event for Gillette’s eMO’gency Styler Tour, which supports men’s health and prostate cancer programs. The tour kicked off in New York, with stops scheduled in Chicago and Houston. “It’s a feeling for me. Like, I can’t just throw out an album to be rapping,” he said. “And I don’t even know if it will be rap. I don’t even know what it will be.” However, he could find the inspiration and complete an album in just a few days: “It could be a rush situation. Like if I feel that

feeling and I record an album in three days and I’m like, ‘This is what I want to say right now’ – that can happen, too.” He also says he’s constantly writing songs. “I write all the time ... I actually stopped typing it in my phone because like a cloud is basically reading every thought that I have and I don’t like that,” he said. “So I went back to my paper and started writing.” He’s not sure fans want a new OutKast album for the right reasons. “Man, we’ve had a great ride. ... Like when we got into it when we were high school kids and we just wanted to do something fun and push it, and if it’s not that then why do it?” he said. “I’m not the type that prescribes to nostalgia, and most people say they want an OutKast album because they used to love it. Y’all don’t even know if y’all still love it. You just know you used to love it. But you may not like it now, who knows?” the associated press


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How to Destroy Angels, Crystal Castles, Rolling Stones are make-or-break for labels sound check

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We’re in the midst of the biggest avalanche of bigname releases of the year. Here are three more tracks:

Affection/ Crystal Castles Canadian band living in London records their third album (cleverly entitled III) in Warsaw then goes to war against Katy Perry for “selling sex to kids.” Fascinating.

2 1 Keep It Together/How to Destroy Angels

Trent Reznor returns with a band featuring his wife, Mariqueen, and his soundtrack collaborator, Atticus Ross. Make sure you spell the title of the EP right: An Omen_ (that underscore is not a typo.)

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Doom and Gloom/Rolling Stones One of two new tracks on Grrr!, the new Rolling Stones greatest hits collection. Although the artwork is horrible, I still felt the need to drop $150 on the super-deluxe box set.

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Rihanna. On board with a pop star as she kicks off her promotional 777-tour Who wants champagne? Rihanna serves true bubbly from a golden bottle into plastic cups, handing them out left and right to fans and journalists when walking down the centre isle of the private jet that are taking us to seven cities in seven days. The superstar and her entourage sit in business class but now she is walking past our video cameras and iPhones, a tiny figure in a black top, sun glasses and gold jewelry. There are journalists and fans from five continents and more than 30 countries on the plane. Take off is, of course, two hours late and the scheduled press conference is cancelled. Rihanna seems to be the only one who knows what’s going to happen next. And that she likes to party is no secret either. The welcome greeting is concluded with a “Let’s get drunk!” “This is what my life looks like. You better like it!” she says to her fans on the plane before returning to business class. Jesper Melin, a 23-year-old plumber from Stockholm, is one of the lucky fans on-

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board. He was snoozing when Rihanna came past his seat. “Are you asleep, baby? Here, have some champagne,” she said to him. Jesper’s friend Daniel Thunell, 22-year-old tinsmith said hello to the superstar. “It feels unreal and great.

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Master Italian with the Cake Boss I don’t consider myself a master. I think that I’m a really good cook. I’m not intimidated to try anything. At the end of the day, nothing brings families together like food, but sometimes people get in a rut. Take my wife, God bless her, great cook … but she makes the same stuff every week. So I want the book to make people think, ‘You know what? Instead of making plain veal cutlets, I’m gonna make Veal Saltimbocca. Let me try something new’.

New cookbook. The TLC star shares 100 of his favourite recipes IZABELA SZYDLO

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Sundays at Buddy Valastro’s house are ruled by three fwords: food, family and football. It’s a day for the star of TLC’s hit show Cake Boss to throw on his New York Giants jersey and munch on game snacks (wine, bread and prosciutto, in case you’re wondering) while his wife, Lisa, whips up Sunday Gravy (a.k.a. tomato sauce). But the man behind Carlo’s Bakery also knows his way around the kitchen — so much so that he has released Cooking Italian with the Cake Boss: Family Favorites As Only Buddy Can Serve Them Up. The 100-recipe book features Italian-American dishes with signature touches that may just expand Valastro’s boss reputation to boiling pots of potato gnocchi and simmering dishes of lasagna.

Speaking of family, we’ve seen you cook with your family on Kitchen Boss, who is your favourite person to cook with? All my sisters and me cook great together so I would pick any of them. Probably my least favourite is Grace. She just really don’t know how to cook (laughs). I remember, one time I was at her house and she was like, ‘Buddy, you make this pasta so good, why don’t you just make it?’ I’m asking her where things are, and she’s like, ‘I don’t have it’. I’m like, ‘No wonder your food tastes like crap. You don’t have anything!’ Aside from Italian, what else do you like to cook? Oh, I cook everything. My favourite is probably Asian.

The book is dedicated to your wife. Who is really the boss in your kitchen? Buddy Valastro has released a new Italian cookbook. SUBMITTED

I gotta give it up to my wife, she is definitely the boss of cooking in my house. She does 90 per cent of it. I really wanted to dedicate a book to her and I’m so happy it’s this one because a lot of the recipes are hers, so I feel like I didn’t just steal from her.

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I have to pit you against your mom and your wife, and ask, who is the best cook?

Oh, I’m definitely the best cook out of the three. They won’t even try to deny it. My food has a lot more flavour profile to it. I attribute that to having a really unique palate. When I’m at a restaurant and I eat something, I can pick apart what’s in it. Then I can go home and recreate it. Is there anything you haven’t mastered in Italian cooking?

Are we going to get a Cooking Chinese with Buddy book? I don’t know about cooking Chinese, but Buddy can make some damn good fried rice. What advice do you have for the people who want to make this Pizza Margherita recipe? Get a good pizza stone and crank your oven. The trick to pizza is the oven being hot, so get the oven up to 500 degrees, have the door closed, get the pizza right in, close the door quickly, and get it nice and crispy.

Buddy’s Pizza Margherita 1.

Position rack in bottom of oven and set pizza stone on rack. Preheat to 450 to 500 F.

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Lightly work surface and a pizza peel with cornmeal. Pat and stretch or roll out the

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3. Use ladle to spoon sauce into

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of ladle to spread it, leaving 1/2inch border. Scatter mozzarella decoratively over pizza.

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Open oven and carefully slide pizza onto stone. Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese bubbles, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove pizza with peel. Scatter basil over pizza, season with pinch of salt, and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.

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Transfer pizza to a serving platter. Slice into 6 slices, and serve. ADAPTED FROM COOKING ITALIAN WITH THE CAKE BOSS BY BUDDY VALASATRO (SIMON & SCHUSTER, 2012)

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FROM COOKING ITALIAN WITH THE CAKE BOSS

LIFE

It doesn’t matter how you slice it: Canadians love their pizza. Fresh or frozen, baked in a wood-fired brick oven or from a neighbourhood take-out joint, the way we devour it almost makes you think that Italians discovered the Great White North. While my quest for that perfect mix of dough, sauce and toppings has taken me everywhere from Naples, Italy to Sydney, Australia, I’ve discovered that the hunt for the perfect pie really begins at home. Making a pizzeria style version in your own kitchen isn’t rocket science — especially when you keep things simple like a Pizza Margherita: The classic Napoli pie that, with its combo of tomato, mozzarella and basil, was designed to mirror the Italian flag. As a general rule, your average pizza is pretty vino friendly. Without meaty influences, a lighter, leaner red makes the ideal quaffable match. Bolla’s 2011 Valpolicella Classico ($11.95 - $15.50) is a perennial bythe-glasser at in-the-know pizza parlours. Its soft, fruity blend of cherry and subtle spice makes as happy a marriage with a Margherita-style pizza as it does with a mainstream. PRICES

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The original James Bond tribute party On Saturday, Nov. 17, dress as your favourite 007 character to celebrate 50 years of James Bond. Get ready to party the night away at one of Vancouver’s oldest and most distinguished private clubs. The Vancouver Club (915 West Hastings) will be transformed into an exotic spyworthy underworld complete with secret agents and Bond girls dolling out the perfect Belvedere martini. Tickets start at $50. Visit jetsetcrew.com for more info.

Eastside Culture Crawl The Eastside Culture Crawl is a free, annual, three-day November event that has grown to encompass more than 300 artists on Vancouver’s Eastside who open their studio to the public. The event, which has attracted more than 15,000 attendees, involves painters, jewelers, potters, glassblowers, writers, printmakers, sculptors, musicians and more. For more information visit eastsideculturecrawl.com.

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This weekend marks the finale of one of Canada’s largest beer, whiskey and scotch events with its signature tasting taking place at The Grand Tasting Hall, located at the PNE Forum on Friday, Nov.16, and Saturday, Nov.17 from 6-10 p.m. Taste your way around the world as you visit 65 booths and try 250 different selections of spirits, beer and whiskey. hopscotchfestival. com. Tickets start at $40. 2901 East Hastings St.

Get started on holiday shopping and attend this four-day event at the UBC Women’s Club of Vancouver’s stunning manor. This annual holiday fundraiser helps support the club as it aims to promote education through programming, scholarships and bursaries while promoting rights and opportunities for women through advocacy. Take in live music, decor and a gift market inspired by the Edwardian setting as you get into the Christmas spirit. Tickets are $13 at the door. For more info visit: uwcvancouver.ca 1489 McRae Ave.

Dust of your ski bum and get geared up for another season full of pristine powder days. In true west coast style, Whistler has announced it will be opening early this year (this weekend), with Blackcomb set to follow suit on Nov. 22. Head up to one of Canada’s best spots for winter adventures where recent snowfall and more than 70 million gallons of water converted to snow awaits. For full details and conditions visit: whistlerblackcomb.com.

Notable now

Julian Brass, Founder of notable.ca, Canada’s online source for young professionals

Just opened: Purple Olive Grill Stating that ‘Good food doesn’t have to be expensive,’ the Purple Olive Grill boasts a substantial menu of appealing options and invites guests to put that notion to the test. The former home to Ensemble has been given a bright and welcomed facelift — well-timed given Vancouver’s penchant for grey winter weather. The emphasis is definitely geared toward comfort food and no one’s complaining. Review the menu here: purpleolivegrill.com. 850 Thurlow

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PS Vita — $249 and up Playstation takes portable gaming to the next level with the PS Vita. This handheld console features a vibrant five-inch touchscreen display, dual analog sticks, motion sensors, stereo speakers and two cameras. Surf the web, video chat with friends o r challenge them to a game online via Wi-Fi or 3G. A rear touchpad introduces unique elements of gameplay not seen on any other handheld console. Kinect — $109.99 It’s easy to dismiss video games as being just for kids, but Microsoft’s Kinect for the Xbox 360 is so intuitive, even adults will have fun. The Kinect sensor uses a cam-

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Merry minstrels hit the right note

Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum perform during the 2012 Country Christmas concert earlier this month. Getty Images File

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The holidays are almost upon us. While many feel the first snowfall signifies the festive season’s advent, though, the more musically inclined know that the release of yuletide albums mark its true arrival.

At that, this year there are plenty of minstrels primed to make us feel quite merry. Legendary rocker Rod Stewart issues Merry Christmas, Baby (Warner), his first-ever holiday record. An interesting affair, it offers standards (Auld Lang Syne, White Christmas), duets (We Three Kings with Mary J. Blige and What Are You Doing New

Year’s Eve? accompanied by Ella Fitzgerald) and oddball tracks such as Red-Suited Super Man. Lady Antebellum has also released its first holidaythemed collection this year. Dubbed On This Winter’s Night (EMI), it boasts the country trio taking on 12 favourites such as, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Let It Snow,

and Silver Bells. Not to be outdone in the genre, revered twangy vocalist Blake Shelton has also compiled his own slew of tracks. In fact, Cheers, It’s Christmas (Warner) has already hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart thanks to his efforts on Jingle Bell Rock and Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! For a touch more upbeat fun, check out famed soul, hip-hop and R&B singer Cee Lo Green’s inaugural Christmas collection. Blending original tunes with carefully-selected covers, Cee Lo’s Magic Moment (Atlantic) treats us to What Christmas Means To Me, You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch featuring Straight No Chaser and, most impressively, All I Need Is Love backed by none other than The Muppets. Diversity is the key behind Universal Music’s Holidays Rule compilation. Endeavouring to create a mixed bag that works well as background fodder for your inevitable party, its 17 new and beloved songs are performed by artists including Rufus Wainwright, Paul McCartney,

Canadian crooner Michael Bublé will get you in the spirit for the holidays with his album entitled Christmas. Getty Images File

Calexico, Y la Bamba, Punch Brothers and The Shins. Sometimes we need to hear an extraordinary set of pipes really belt it out, though. Thankfully, we’ve got a few true crooners who have stepped up to the mistletoe, prepared to kiss our ears with their velvety voices. Opera star Katherine Jenkins’ This is Christmas (Universal) will surely soothe the seasonal beast thanks to her silky singing. From The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) through Santa Baby and Deck The Halls to Hark The Herald Angels Sing, one can bet this blonde bombshell is at her best. Need a little more Canadian spirit in your seasonal celebration? Fear not. Michael Bublé will happily oblige with his pointedly-titled Christmas (Reprise), a bastion of 15 holiday-heavy tunes ranging from It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas to Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Moreover, if there is a passionate Bublé fan on your gift list, consider the limited special edition with three bonus tracks and an exclusive acrylic ornament.


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The hottest toys for kids HEATHER BUCHAN For Metro

Here’s a roundup of five of the hottest kids toys as well as a few stocking stuffer ideas that are sure to raise the holiday spirits of every child on your gift list. LeapPad2 Explorer Based on the award-

winning LeapPad1, this tablet made especially for little people (ages three to nine years old) features front and back cameras, two video recorders, 4GB of memory and a library of hundreds of learning games, eBooks, videos, music and much more. The Gameboy-like portable unit focuses on educational gaming. Comes pre-installed with a music player and a few creativity apps. $109.99. leapfrog.com Furby That furry and famous kids’ pal is back and better equipped for a generation of tech-savvy kids. Furby is interactive: You can feed it, speak to it, tickle it, play music for it and it will react with varying emotions. But how you treat Furby will shape its personThe LeapPad2 Explorer, $109.99, available at leapfrog.com.

ality. Aside from capacitive sensors in its head, stomach, back and sides that react to touching, inside Furby’s yellow beak is a red tongue, that, when pressed, starts Furby chewing. Available in 10 colours. $70. Ages six and older. Hasbro.ca Lollipop Duet Stage Microphone Little singers can belt out their favourite tunes with this rockin’ stage mic. Featuring a handheld microphone with a height-adjustable stand along with a headset mic, so two kids can share the spotlight at once. The microphone can be connected to an iPod, MP3 or CD player so little singers get a real surround sound effect. Disco Lights and applause sound effects are sure to delight wannabe Canadian Idols. $39.95. Ages four and older. Mastermindtoy.com The Art Creativity Book Featuring games, puzzles, stencils, sticker sheets and an illustrated gatefold page for sticker decorating as well as pull-out art paper and art projects to complete, this softcover book is not only

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Whitecaps part ways with Soehn The Vancouver Whitecaps have made an off-season change, this time to their technical staff. The Whitecaps and their director of soccer operations, Tom Soehn, had a “mutual parting of ways,” the Major League Soccer club announced Thursday. Soehn joined the Vancouver side in January 2010 and managed the Whitecaps’ scouting and recruiting programs, which will now be taken over by the team’s technical staff led by head coach Martin Rennie. Soehn was also named the club’s interim head coach midway through the Whitecaps’ inaugural MLS season after Teitur Thordarson was fired. METRO WHL

Giants lose Tvrdon for rest of season Calgary quarterback Kevin Glenn, left, scrambles away from Lions defensive end Keron Williams at BC Place on Oct. 6. Glenn will start this Sunday against the Lions with the Stampeders’ usual starter, Drew Tate, out for the season with a broken forearm. DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE

Drama ratchets up ahead of West final CFL. Calgary QB Tate sidelined with broken forearm, and Lions prepared for replacement Glenn The plot has thickened — again. The B.C. Lions were back at practice Thursday as word came from Calgary that Drew Tate, the quarterback who guided the Stampeders into Sunday’s West Division final in Vancouver, would not play due to a broken forearm. Kevin Glenn, 33, will now start at quarterback for the Stamps against the Lions, with the winner advancing to the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto on Nov. 25. The news came a day after Stamps slotback Nik Lewis’s controversial O.J. Simpsonrelated tweet forced head coach John Hufnagel to institute a Twitter ban for his players leading up to the game and a concussion controversy that swirled around Tate earlier in the week. “We always make sure we

look at both quarterbacks just in case,” said Lions linebacker Adam Bighill. “You never know what happens and this is the reason why.” Glenn, in his first year in Calgary, was the starting pivot in all three games

against the Lions. His regular-season statistics weren’t bad. He threw for 4,220 yards, which was fourth amongst CFL quarterbacks. He had 25 touchdown passes compared to 16 interceptions and his

Two-week wait

Semifinal bye ‘way too long’ for Benevides’ liking It’s just been practice for the B.C. Lions for a while now and for the players and coaches, the Leos’ two-week wait to face the Calgary Stampeders in this Sunday’s West Division final might have felt like an eternity. “This week is way too damn long. Sunday

can’t come quick enough,” lamented head coach Mike Benevides, who was actually finishing a point about his veteran players and the role they’ve played this week at practice. The Lions were the top team in the CFL’s West Division with a 13-5 record and were given a bye week prior to the final. They also had two practices last week, but haven’t played since Nov. 3 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. CAM TUCKER/ METRO

overall 66.7 per cent completion rate was second only to Ricky Ray of the Toronto Argonauts. However, against B.C., his completion percentage was almost seven points lower than his overall total, and he threw three interceptions compared to only two touchdown passes. His style also differs from that of Tate. Glenn is known as more of a pocket passer, delivering short passes designed to chew up the clock and wear down a defence. Tate has shown an affinity for taking chances down field. “It really doesn’t matter what 12 (players) they put on offence,” said Lions defensive back Korey Banks. “Because at the end of the day, we’re going to put our 12 on defence and we’re going to play our style of football. I’m not really concerned about who is at quarterback for them. That’s not even our problem. “We were prepping for Calgary. I felt if we did what we want to do, both quarterbacks were going to play, anyway.”

Marek Tvrdon, the Vancouver Giants’ leading scorer, will miss the remainder of the regular season after undergoing a “medical procedure” earlier in the week, the team said Thursday. “Marek had a small blockage isolated to a single vein in his left shoulder,” said Giants general manager Scott Bonner in a statement released by the club. “It was completely and rapidly dissolved and he is doing very well. Marek is under the excellent care of numerous specialists and he is recovering quickly. “He will not be returning this season but he is expected to have a full recovery and future career as a hockey player. Right now our priority is Marek’s health and well-being and we would like to respect his and his family’s privacy.” In his third season with the Giants, the 19-year-old Tvrdon was leading the club in scoring with eight goals and 22 points in 18 games. The Giants, winners over the Prince George Cougars in their last game on Sunday, will host the Regina Pats at the Pacific Coliseum Friday night. METRO

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East final Toronto at Montreal, Sunday, 10 a.m. (TSN) Here’s something the Toronto Argos don’t face every day — crowd noise, and lots of it. The more than 40,000 rabid Alouettes fans at Olympic Stadium for Sunday’s East final will be harassing the

The Argonauts head into hostile and hectic territory and the Stampeders travel to Vancouver minus their No. 1 pivot, with spots in the Grey Cup game on the line Photos by The Canadian Press/Torstar News Service

Argos in both official languages, rattling the Big O’s creaky rafters and making things difficult for Argos quarterback Ricky Ray and the Double Blue offence. The Argos have survived and, in fact, thrived in similar noisy atmospheres this season. Toronto escaped Hamilton’s ear-piercing Ivor Wynne Stadium with a win on Labour Day. The Argos also emerged from rowdy Taylor Field in Regina to secure a win and second place in the East and their first home playoff game since 2007. To prepare for Sunday’s Thunderdome experience, the Argos have been practising with noise piped into Toronto’s Rogers Centre in anticipation of the real thing on Sunday. Season series: Toronto slipped past the Als 23-20 in Week 5, with Ricky Ray

throwing two TD passes. Montreal trounced the Argos 31-10 in Week 13 when Ray left the game early with a knee injury, while also beating the Argos 2412 in Week 16. Pick: Toronto by 3.

West final Calgary at B.C., Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (TSN) They were worried about his forehead just a couple of days ago, and now Drew Tate’s forearm is causing headaches in Calgary. The Stampeders quarterback is out for the rest of the season with a fractured right forearm, giving way to Kevin Glenn in Sunday’s West final in Vancouver. Tate arrived at practice Thursday with a cast on his throwing arm, just days after suffering an apparent con-

Bettman asks for break in negotiations: Sources Season in peril. With hopes for a new CBA dashed again, hockey execs also warn of more scheduling carnage After a lockout spanning almost nine weeks, about the only thing the NHL and NHL Players’ Association are talking about is taking

a break. Commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed placing a two-week moratorium on talks after NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told him that he didn’t know how the sides could proceed, multiple sources told The Canadian Press on Thursday night. The offer was made during a phone conversation on Wednesday and didn’t

produce an answer. According to the sources, Fehr told Bettman he would need to bounce the idea off his membership before responding. The potential freeze comes with talks already having fallen silent after a busy stretch of meetings last week in New York. However, by the time negotiations broke last Sunday afternoon it was clear that

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to reporters after negotiations last Friday. Louis Lanzano/The Associated Press file

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pessimism and some bad feelings had made their way into the bargaining room. Some of the tension can be chalked up to losses that are beginning to mount. On Thursday, players missed their third paycheque of the season while the league moved closer to making another round of game cancellations, prompting some to suggest the entire year could be in danger. The NHL is expected to start wiping games beyond Nov. 30 off the schedule early next week. There had previously been hope for a shortened 68-game season starting Dec. 1, but that now appears to be gone. In total, the lockout has already forced the cancellation of 327 games, including the Winter Classic between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Michigan Stadium. The Canadian Press

cussion in the Stamps’ 36-30 West semifinal win over Saskatchewan. Although Tate’s head received a clean bill of health, he underwent an MRI and CAT scan Tuesday when the small fracture was discovered in his throwing arm, sidelining him for the biggest game of the year. “We won 10 out of the last 12. Kevin started eight of those wins, so we’ll just move on,” Stampeders coach John Hufnagel told the assembled media in Calgary. Tate said he suffered the fracture in the third quarter of the win over the Roughriders. It’s a frustrating setback for Tate, who missed 14 games this season with a dislocated shoulder after being tackled

in Week 2. Glenn led the Stamps offence during Tate’s absence, directing Calgary to a second-place finish in the West. Season series: The Lions thumped the Stamps 34-8 in Week 5 in Calgary, and followed that win with a slim 27-22 victory in Vancouver in Week 15. The Stamps answered in Week 18 with 34 unanswered points in a 41-21 win in Calgary. Pick: B.C. by 2.

AHL. Abbotsford Heat goalie on the brink of history As of Thursday, Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust was not aware that American Hockey League history is within his reach. Well, he knows now. Thanks to a 29-save 2-0 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters Wednesday at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, Brust extended his shutout streak to 231 minutes and 41 seconds. Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Johnny Bower holds the current AHL record, which stands at 249 minutes and 51 seconds, a mark he set back with the Cleveland Barons in 1957. Should Brust not allow a goal in his next period of hockey, he will set the new record. “No, it hasn’t crossed my mind and I didn’t really know about that,” Brust said in a phone interview. NHL

Rangers will be ‘Skating for Sandy’ Just because there are no NHL games on the schedule for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean the New York Rangers aren’t getting on the ice. On Friday, many of them

“But that’s pretty cool. Johnny Bower is a legend in the game and it’s interesting — I like to poke check (like Bower), myself, so that’s kind of neat that it’s approaching his record.” Brust is one of three goalies currently on the Heat’s roster and has a perfect 4-0-0-0 record. He’s allowed just a single goal in four games. That came on Oct. 20 against the Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, at 8:19 of the first period. “First and foremost, you don’t get three shutouts in a season with a bad team in front of you,” said Brust. “I haven’t really had to make too many big saves or anything like that. It’s just kind of been shutdown, defensive style of play by the team so far.” cam tucker/metro will head to Staten Island, in fact, for a charity skate. Centre Brad Richards has organized a benefit to help in the relief efforts on Staten Island after Superstorm Sandy. Richards, who led them to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, has partnered with a high school team to organize “Skating for Sandy.” The Associated Press


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Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 If someone in a position of authority gives you a hard time for no good reason today, the best thing to do is take it. The planets warn that they want you to respond so they can escalate the situation.

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Taurus

April 21 - May 21 This will be a hectic day, the kind when you always seem to be playing catch-up. But you will reach your goal in the end, so keep going. One of the strengths of your sign is your stubbornness — you refuse to be beaten.

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Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 Some people like to boast about what they are going to do. You prefer to say nothing and just get on and do it. The less noise you make about your plans today, the more likely it is they will succeed.

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Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 Whatever odds you face today, either at work or in your personal affairs, you must not be intimidated. Fortunately you are a very good actor: You may be scared on the inside but on the outside you appear utterly fearless.

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Cancer

June 22 - July 23 If you go to extremes, the consequences could be painful. Saturn in Scorpio warns that where both creative endeavors and affairs of the heart are concerned, you should stay on the straight and narrow.

Dec. 22 - Jan. 20 You will meet someone today whose attitude and beliefs are about as different to yours as is possible. They say opposites attract and it is quite likely that the pair of you will form a long-lasting bond.

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Leo

July 24 - Aug. 23 If you don’t want to get involved in what others are planning, you must let them know immediately. If you keep quiet, they will take that as a sign that you approve and soon you won’t be able to back out.

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Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 You may be tempted to double up on your workload and get everything finished as quickly as possible but is that really such a good idea? Quality work is always preferable to quantity, so take your time.

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Aug. 24 - Sept. 23 If you want something, you will have to go out and get it for yourself. You cannot trust other people to bring it to your door, even if they promised to do so. And if they won’t help, why should you share?

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Feb. 20 - March 20 Set your sights high then go even higher. There is little, if anything, that is beyond your reach at the moment, so don’t put up with average. Strive to be the biggest and the best at what you are good at.

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